Chelsea are on the cusp of securing their place in the Premier League top four after they recorded a 3-0 win over Leeds United at Elland Road
Good evening and welcome to live coverage of Thomas Tuchel’s post-match press conference after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over ten-man Leeds United at Elland Road.
The Blues made the trip to West Yorkshire safe in the knowledge that if they came away victorious, their place in the top four and Champions League football for next season would be all but secured. And Tuchel’s side started with an intent to kill the game off early.
Chelsea were ahead inside three minutes. A nice passing move freed Reece James down the right flank and the wing-back waited for the right moment to tee up Mason Mount on the edge of the Leeds penalty area. The academy graduate still had plenty to do, but his finish was crisp and into the top corner.
Chances for Mount and Romelu Lukaku came and went before Leeds were reduced to ten men when Daniel James was shown a straight red card for an awful challenge on Mateo Kovacic. It forced the Croatian off and he is inevitably a doubt for the FA Cup final against Liverpool on Saturday.
In the second period, Chelsea took full control. Christian Pulisic whipped in an excellent shot from the edge of the box and late on, Romelu Lukaku struck a third to secure the three points and cue an exodus of Leeds supporters from inside Elland Road.
We will get Tuchel’s full reaction to tonight’s win and also the latest on Kovacic’s injury. Live updates will appear below.