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Leeds 0-0 Chelsea: Top-four hopes take a knock as forward line fail to click

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Chelsea’s top-four hopes took a knock on Saturday as Leeds were more than a match in an entertaining 0-0 draw at Elland Road.

Both teams hit the crossbar in an entertaining first half, before the Blues twice had to rely on goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to deny the hosts.

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

Leeds drew their first match since November – 0-0 against Arsenal at Elland Road – and fell one game short of setting a new club record of 19 successive league fixtures without a draw.

With both sides intent on a razor-sharp press, it made for a helter-skelter opening 20 minutes.

Leeds had an early Tyler Roberts effort chalked off for offside and both goalkeepers had their respective crossbars rattled.

Chelsea were almost gifted a comical opening goal when Luke Ayling’s clearance rebounded off team-mate Diego Llorente and came back off the woodwork in the 10th minute.

Roberts then combined with Patrick Bamford following a swift Leeds counter-attack and the former’s neat chip was brilliantly tipped on to the bar by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Leeds were dealt a blow 10 minutes before half-time when Bamford limped out of the action and was replaced by Rodrigo.

Clear-cut chances were limited and the first period ended goalless, but the pace of the game remained unrelenting.

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