US striker Brenden Aaronson scored the opening goal in Leeds United’s 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday, continuing Jesse Marsch’s side’s impressive start to the 2022/23 season.
Leeds have taken seven points from their first three games and started well when Edouard Mendy messed up a routine clearance allowing Aaronson to capitalize just after the half-hour. The US striker took the ball off the Chelsea goalkeeper’s feet and dribbled into the empty goal.
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Chelsea were unhappily a one-goal deficit after missing some early chances, but just after the first set they found themselves two goals down when Rodrigo headed a tricky Jack Harrison free-kick forcefully to give the Spaniard his fourth goal of the season in to bring to the Premier League.
In a commanding performance, Leeds added a third in the 69th minute – Daniel James’ cross was nodded by Rodrigo in the path of Harrison, who shot past Mendy to put the lead comfortably.
“That was the best performance since I’ve been here,” said Marsch. “You start to see a number of players who understand their role, some in the shape of their lives.
“The way we played defined the game. We made them make mistakes. These quality players can pass the ball all day if we give them time. We wanted to make them uncomfortable and today we did it.”
Thomas Tuchel was on the sidelines when his suspension was lifted for last week’s confrontation with Tottenham boss Antonio Conte. Marsch, who said Tuchel shouldn’t be on the bench, told Sky Sports before the game: “I don’t think it’s right that he can appeal [his red card]but whatever, he’s on the bench – let’s play the game.”
But the Chelsea manager’s involvement did not spur Chelsea into a comeback as Kalidou Koulibaly, signed in the summer, was sent off five minutes from time, plunging Tuchel’s side to their first defeat of the season.
“We scored an own goal and conceded from a set piece,” said Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel. “The defeat has nothing to do with pressing, nothing with mileage and nothing to do with Leeds’ style.
“We could be the better team. But then it was 2-0 and our body language wasn’t like it was in the last game. I don’t see any connection that we’ve lost with the Leeds style. We knew it was coming.”
https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=638223 Leeds United vs. Chelsea – Football Match Report – August 21, 2022