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blues held Chelsea's blank at Leeds gives their rivals hope in the battle for a top four finish


Raphinha’s shot is saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Lindsey Parnaby/PA)

Raphinha’s shot is saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Lindsey Parnaby/PA)

Raphinha’s shot is saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy (Lindsey Parnaby/PA)

Chelsea extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 10 matches in an entertaining goalless draw at Leeds, with manager Thomas Tuchel suggesting the 'slippery pitch' at Elland Road contributed to his side drawing a blank.

The Blues, who have not lost in 12 games in all competitions under manager Tuchel, were given a thorough workout by Leeds, who fully deserved their point.

Both sides struck the crossbar in a frenetic first half and both goalkeepers were forced into decisive saves.

It was also another clean sheet for Tuchel’s side, who have conceded only two goals since he replaced Frank Lampard in January.

“The pitch was super hard to play on and we had a couple of chances to go 1-0 ahead and in the end they trouble you and put pressure on you," declared the Chelsea manager.

“The more minutes you need to make a goal, the more they believe and this is normal. But we had enough chances.

“Sometimes it’s like this. I don’t want to be too harsh. Sometimes it’s hard to score and you miss some big chances and you come away with a 0-0.

“As long as we have chances and we have a lot of touches in the box and we don’t concede too many chances, the results will be there. But sometimes it’s like this and we need to accept the result.

“We created enough chances, enough shots, enough touches to score one or two goals.

“Unfortunately and obviously we did not, so we have to live with a draw, but yes at the same time it was a difficult pitch, very difficult conditions, very slippery, very bouncy.

“But we accept all the difficulties in an away game against a team that puts a lot of pressure on you.”

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa spoke to BBC Match of the Day on the positives for his side: "The effort collectively, throughout the whole game - which is the only way to close the margin in difference between the teams - the effort defensively from the whole team, and after the dominance they had we were able to close the gap in the second half and had slightly more chances than them.

"Against West Ham we defended well but they managed to create chances from long shots and set-pieces, which of course is also a valid way of creating chances. But the game today is very special because they have two players for every offensive position. To be able to sustain these players is not easy.

"I'm worried when we don't create chances. To have a similar amount of chances as the opponent is something to interpret in a valuable way."

Chelsea's draw will give encouragement to their top four rivals before they play this weekend, with Tottenham and West Ham now within striking distance of Tuchel's Blues.

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