Chelsea lost points to Leeds United on Saturday as Thomas Tuchel’s side drew 0-0 at Elland Road.
The result means Chelsea remain in fourth place. Leicester City are lucky enough to take them five points ahead of them if they beat Sheffield United on Sunday.
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“It’s super difficult to play on the pitch. Very slippery and bouncy. We had a few chances to go 1-0 but they disturb you and put pressure on you,” Tuchel said after the game. “You have to set a goal for belief. Sometimes it’s like that. I don’t want to be too hard.
“As long as we have chances and touches in the box and don’t concede too many chances, the results will be there. We have to accept that.”
Both goalkeepers were busy as both teams searched for a goal, but Tuchel will be disappointed his team didn’t capitalize on their dominance in possession.
Raphinha had a good chance in the 55th minute to give Marcelo Bielsa the lead but Edouard Mendy’s quick reflexes made it possible to parry the shot.
Chelsea continued to score the Leeds goal with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell all getting shots but failed to find their target.
In an odd decision in the 79th minute, Rodrigo was replaced by Bielsa as he was only substituted after 35 minutes when Patrick Bamford was injured.
“He went without playing for a long time and it was only natural that it cost him a bit of time to adjust to the pace,” Bielsa said after the game.
“I really appreciate the effort he put in when he was on the pitch because it’s an effort that is above what he is actually capable of at the time.”