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Chelsea player ratings v Leeds: Dream week for Giroud; Pulisic cameo

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helsea went top of the table on  Saturday night as the Blues battled back from a goal down to beat Leeds United 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

James Robson was at Stamford Bridge to assess Frank Lampard’s squad…

Caught in two minds as Leeds went ahead. Still produced an important second-half save from Raphinha as the visitors pressed.

Showed his outstanding delivery to set up Giroud’s goal – but was high up the pitch Phillips’ ball found Bamford to give Leeds the lead.

Allowed Bamford to get behind him to open the scoring. Struggled to get to grips with the Leeds striker, but produced some important interceptions before heading Chelsea in front.

Given a real test by Leeds’ rampant forward line, yet was still determined to carry the ball out from the back to start Chelsea attacks.

Drove forward to be an effective outlet on the left and ensure Leeds couldn’t take too many risks.

Carried the ball well and his bursts towards the box helped send Leeds into retreat.

Had his work cut out against a Leeds midfield that snapped and pressed for every ball, which is precisely the challenge he rises to.

All action as usual – pressing high up to force Leeds back. A threat around the box, and his corner led to Zouma’s goal.

Injury meant he only lasted half an hour. In that time he tested Meslier within moments of kick-off and also played a major part in Giroud’s equaliser.

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His dream week goes on. He got his fifth goal in a matter of days and actually might have had a lot more.

Only he will how he failed to convert from right under the bar. Showed his versatility – starting on the left and then switching to the right to stretch Leeds, but was frustrated by Meslier. Still, he had the presence of mind to set up Pulisic for his late goal.

Christian Pulisic (Ziyech, 30’) 7

Really bright when he came on with his positive runs to commit Leeds defenders. Got a deserved goal late on to seal victory.

Mateo Kovacic (Havertz, 67’) 6

Could consider himself unfortunate not to start, given his recent form. Effective when he came on.

Tammy Abraham (Giroud, 79’) N/A

Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Rudiger, Jorginho, Azpilicueta


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