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Leeds 0-0 Chelsea Player Ratings: Brilliant Meslier denies Blues in stalemate

The goalkeeper produced a string of fine saves as the visitors' top-four hopes were dealt a blow at Elland Road.

 
3:22pm on Saturday 13th March 2021
By
Robin Bairner

Chelsea found themselves forced to settle for a 0-0 draw against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday.

Home goalkeeper Illan Meslier was the one primarily responsible for the frustration of Thomas Tuchel’s side as he produced a string of impressive saves to thwart the guests.

Leeds had their moments, too, with Edouard Mendy drawn into plenty of action in the Chelsea goal.

Here’s who the key actors were, though…

Leeds 0-0 Chelsea: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

✔️ N’Golo Kante: 8.1

There has been speculation as to what N’Golo Kante’s future holds, with Thomas Tuchel often preferring Mateo Kovacic at the heart of his midfield, but the World Cup winner showed his worth in this fixture.

He posted game-high figures in terms of touches and recoveries for an outfield player, and was of course involved in more duels than any other player on the field, winning nine of his 14 on the ground.

❌ Hakim Ziyech: 5.9

While the spotlight continues to fall on Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, there is an increasing body of evidence to suggest that Chelsea’s biggest summer transfer flop could be Hakim Ziyech. He lasted only 69 minutes before being hauled off after an ineffective display.

He touched the ball on fewer occasions than any of his starting team-mates, completed only 71% of his passes and had his only shot blocked. Thoroughly ineffective.

Illan Meslier: 9.6

Meslier had arguably his best game in the Premier League to date as he made a string of stops to thwart Chelsea.

Perhaps his best moment came when he palmed over a big chance for Kai Havertz – one of eight saves he made - but he also controlled his box well, claiming numerous crosses and responding well to the significant pressure that was on him.

The closest he came to being beaten was a looping deflection that hit his bar.

Has been erratic at times this season, but this was definitely an encouraging display.

Leeds 0-0 Chelsea: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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