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Thomas Tuchel is looking to make it 12 games without defeat since his appointment as the Blues tighten their grip on the Premier League’s top four.

Chelsea are second only to champions-elect Manchester City in the form table since the German replaced Frank Lampard, helped in large part but a robust defence.

Thiago Silva remains missing, however, though Marcos Alonso and Andreas Christensen’s returns to prominence have been one of the more interesting aspects of the new Tuchel era.

Leeds, on the other hand, appear to have lost some of their entertaining charm as they have fallen to five defeats in their last six games, including insipid performances against Wolves, Aston Villa and West Ham.

But Marcelo Bielsa is a match for most, so you would be unwise to rule out a Leeds surprise. An intriguing match at Elland Road awaits.

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Raphinha on Bielsa

Raphinha has been one of Leeds’ most consistent performers amid their downturn in form.

He spoke to Sky Sports this week about Marcelo Bielsa’s impact on his career.

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“I think the style of play of the professor’s Leeds really suits my style of play. Thinking about what I do best – my speed and ability with the ball, it’s always important that a player is conscious that they must contribute as much in defence as they do in attack.

He added: “It’s really important to have a manager who allows you to do what you know, what you’ve already demonstrated you can do in the past. I believe that when a team signs you, you’ve been brought in to do what you were doing at your previous club.

“Having a manager and team-mates that give you the freedom do your best, play your own game and show what you’re capable of is really important for the natural development of the player.”

“I’m loving being part of this competition, playing in a league that I’ve always admired. In my opinion, the Premier League is the best championship in the world. It has the best players, the best clubs. The games between the teams are more competitive.”

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Keeping momentum going

Under Tuchel, Chelsea have become as hard to beat as they once were under Mourinho.

In their last four games against Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton have not conceded a goal. They have leaked only two goals since Tuchel took charge with the German using his squad to the full.

He has shown a willingness to chop and change his starting lineups and will probably do so again today with a Champions League second leg against Atletico Madrid looming.

Team news in about 45 minutes.

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Bielsa on Leeds form

Leeds sit nine points above the relegation zone but have lost four on the trot ahead of today’s game.

“In general lines, our offensive performances are positive because we create danger,” Marcelo Bielsa said. “The opposite happens in the defensive half.

“All of our individual players from defensive midfielder down have good performances, but despite this we concede a lot of goals.

“In the three aspects I tell you – possession danger, danger efficiency and good individual performances and defensive output – they are all within the things I manage and haven’t been able to resolve.

“Especially with the subject of receiving so many goals.”

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Tuchel on Pulisic

Thomas Tuchel has insisted Christian Pulisic remains central to his plans at Chelsea.

The United States forward is still waiting for his first Premier League start under the new Blues boss, but Tuchel insisted the 22-year-old retains a big role at Stamford Bridge.

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Asked if he would let Pulisic leave in the summer if the player fails to become a regular, Tuchel said: “There are a lot of ifs in your question! If he starts (against Leeds), if he does brilliantly, and if he starts again against Atletico and if he scores two goals, maybe he is captain next year.

“I don’t know. I know what you mean but this is too far ahead, we have so many games. He is in my plans and he is an important player. And he has the potential to be decisive for us from the bench and as a beginner.

“Is it necessary that he can prove it? Yes. This is my job. And his job is to be ready, like everybody else. And when the moment comes you have to be ready.

“This is what you sign up for at a club like Chelsea, there is no difference between Christian and anybody else.”

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Score prediction

Praise for Marcelo Bielsa’s side has subsided somewhat with just three wins in 2021, though still possess fine forward talent in Patrick Bamford, against his former club, and Raphina.

Their opponents, meanwhile, have only improved in the same period and looking to make it 12 games unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel. There should be goals for both but only points for Chelsea.

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For Leeds, Pascal Struijk, Jamie Shackleton and Pablo Hernandez will hope to overcome their fitness issues, while Robin Koch is due back in training.

Leeds predicted XI (4-5-1): Meslier; Ayling, Llorente, Cooper, Dallas; Harrison, Klich, Phillips, Rodrigo, Raphinha; Bamford

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Thomas Tuchel is concerned by Tammy Abraham’s ongoing injury struggles after ruling the striker out of today’s game.

Thiago Silva will also miss the clash following a setback in his recovery from a thigh problem.

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Chelsea predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger; James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell; Mount, Werner; Havertz

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What TV channel?

TV channel: Today’s match will be televised on BT Sport.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

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Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Leeds and Chelsea at Elland Road.

We have James Robson in attendance, with kick-off at 12.30pm.

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Chelsea FC vs Manchester City ways: Predicting wherever FA Cup semi-remaining will be gained and misplaced today

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Chelsea FC vs Manchester City tactics: Predicting where FA Cup semi-final will be won and lost today

Equally managers are obsessed with possession, so one thing will have to give.

When Chelsea have dominated the ball in the greater part of the online games considering that the German changed Chelsea legend Frank Lampard at the end of Janaury, he has proved he can earn, even when they have not.

Liverpool loved 54 for every cent of possession in Chelsea’s 1- gain at Anfield final month, yet Tuchel’s facet dominated the chances, with 5 pictures on focus on as opposed to the Merseysiders’ 1. If they are forced to engage in additional on the counter from Metropolis, it may just match them.

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Mount vs Foden

Phil Foden’s social media operators stoked up the rivalry among him and Kyllian Mbappe forward of City’s Champions League semi-remaining with PSG, but comparisons with Mason Mount might be extra suitable.

Two youthful English attacking midfielders with ambitions of starting up for England at the Euros. Even though Foden may well have the more eye-catching techniques, Mount is top that race proper now.

Dropped for Tuchel’s 1st game in demand, the Chelsea manager immediately realized the error of his approaches and Mount is now a assured starter in Chelsea’s attack.

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Battle of the untrue nines

Kai Havertz has led the line for Chelsea in latest months and was especially amazing in the 4-1 earn from Crystal Palace.

But Tuchel will hope he can have additional of an effect than he did in two tries in opposition to Porto in the Champions League quarter-ultimate if he is picked in the centre all over again.

Metropolis, in the meantime, have coped with an personal injury-wrecked season for Sergio Aguero by mainly dispensing with the need to participate in a No9. Ilkay Gundogan has been excellent scoring from deep positions — and tracking his runs and those of Bernardo Silva will be important for Chelsea.

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