Chelsea were far from their enthralling best on Saturday
Although Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Leeds United was enough to see Thomas Tuchel level Scolari’s unbeaten record in his first matches in charge of the club, Tuchel was the first to admit it was hardly a fulfilling display.
Despite being up against a horrid backline, Chelsea failed to capitalise on Leeds United’s sorry state as a defensive unit. The club’s attacking players were far from influential on the day as they failed to make Chelsea’s possession and dominance count for anything meaningful.
It wasn’t only Chelsea’s failure to break the deadlock today though which makes for a cause of concern. While Chelsea have been sensational at the back under Tuchel, the side has ended up drawing three matches in 10 Premier League fixtures under Tuchel, one more than the two the club had under Frank Lampard.
Chelsea’s Attacking Woes Continue
Those results have largely been down to the club’s inability to convert its chances into goals. The side has won five of its seven matches away from home by the one goal margin with Tuchel yet to figure out his best playing 11.
The 12 ties Tuchel has been at the club for since joining in January have witnessed a scanty 15 goals, ones which entail the four penalties and two own goals. Tuchel was quick to admit that he desired more from his side in attack after the logjam against Leeds United.
“I think we could have won had we created enough chances, shots and enough in the box to score goals but we did not, so we have to live with the draw. It was a very difficult pitch but we accept all difficulties. We were not clinical enough, not enough determination or precision in the last touch,” Tuchel said speaking after the draw.
Defensive Record Shines Through
While attack leaves work to be done, Tuchel’s defensive modus operandi has hardly been questioned. The German has gone onto record a staggering 10 cleansheets in 12 matches, a period which has seen opponents score just two goals against the club.