Chelsea remain unbeaten over the course of their past 12 matches in the Premier League and Champions League, and Frank Lampard’s men appear to be improving all the time, but a tough bout awaits.
The Blues have managed to get through contests with Manchester United, Tottenham and Sevilla without conceding a goal in recent weeks but this weekend, they will be coming up against one of the most intense and attacking teams in Europe.
Leeds United have developed a reputation for relentless offensive football under Marcelo Bielsa. He encourages players to support attacks in numbers and without the ball, the Whites are proactive and press aggressively.
Matches featuring Bielsa’s outfit are prone to almost descending into basketball games, whereby the midfield is emptied and possession switches from final third to final third.
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That is what happened against both Liverpool and Manchester City, with Leeds managing to compete with both having suffered a narrow 4-3 loss to the former before drawing 1-1 with the latter.
So far this season, only Jurgen Klopp’s men have taken more shots than Leeds, while only Newcastle, Sheffield United and West Brom have faced more on the defensive side of the game, meaning that Bielsa’s side are very busy at both ends of the field.
However, that could bode well for a specific attacking dynamic forged at Chelsea featuring Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.
The two new signings have formed part of Lampard’s go-to attack in recent weeks. 4-3-3 has been the formation of choice with Tammy Abraham as a striker, Werner on the left and Ziyech on the right, but they are different types of players.
Ziyech is less inclined to enter the penalty box, as he instead seems to prefer to play the last pass from around the edge of the attacking third. Werner, by contrast,…