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Thomas Tuchel takes positives from Chelsea draw with Leeds.

  • 'Havertz is a number nine,' says the former PSG coach.

  • The Blues have now lost ground in the race for the top four.

Thomas Tuchel takes positives from Leeds draw. [Getty]
Thomas Tuchel takes positives from Leeds draw. [Getty]

FT: Leeds 0-0 Chelsea: The Blues were held to a draw by Leeds in what was their first visit to Elland Road for 18 years.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has taken the positives from his sides goalless draw against Leeds United on Saturday afternoon, adding that the clean sheet gives his team confidence going forward.

The west London club travelled to Elland Road for the first time in 18 years looking to build on their recent wins against Liverpool and Everton but they had to share the spoils with Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

Leeds hit the back of the net early in the game, but Tyler Roberts' strike was ruled out for offside before the Welshman hit the bar.

While Kai Havertz had the best Chelsea chance in the second-half when he found time and space to turn before hitting the ball.

And after the match, Tuchel told BT Sport: "It is super hard to play the pitch. Very slippery and bouncy. We had a couple of chances to go 1-0 ahead but they trouble you and pressure you. You need to make a goal for belief. Sometimes it is like this. I don't want to be too harsh.

"As long as we have chances and touches in the box and don't concede too many chances the results will be there. We need to accept this."

On Kai Havertz, the German said: "He is pretty much a number nine because he likes to be high and not necessarily drop to 10 and turn. He loves to be high and arrive in the box. He loves to be there and have the last touch. This is for me why he played number nine today."

On the clean sheet, he replied: "It gives us confidence not to concede. We are disappointed in the dressing room and this is a good sign."

Chelsea defender Ben Chilwell was pleased with their defensive display but not their attack.

The England international told BT Sport: "Coming into the game people would have predicted goals. The way Leeds play is free flowing, they're athletic and switch positions on the pitch a lot. It was a tough game, it was disappointing we didn't get the win.

"There were chances, I had a few and one I should score. Defensively we're solid but going forward we want to score more goals to get these sort of wins. When it comes down to it we know we can rely on Edouard [Mendy] to provide those crucial saves for us."

On the rotation in Tuchel’s team, he replied: "It is [challenging]. It's a good thing when you have so many good players in each position. It means everyone's fighting for a spot and we push each other. It's a good thing."

This result means it’s the first time Chelsea have kept four consecutive Premier League clean sheets since December 2017 when Italian coach Antonio Conte was at the Stamford Bridge helm.

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