What happened to Edouard Mendy after Leeds error as Jesse Marsch avoids Thomas Tuchel issue

What happened to Edouard Mendy after Leeds error as Jesse Marsch avoids Thomas Tuchel issue

 

There are few reasons for Chelsea supporters to want to reflect on Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Leeds. Thomas Tuchel’s side were outran and outplayed as Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison ensured Jesse Marsch’s men came away with three points.

It was a swift drop in the level of play from Chelsea after their performance against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge and one Tuchel will hope not to see again any time soon. Even if he does suggest that the Blues lost because of errors rather than being overwhelmed by the opposition. He said:

“Because we scored an own goal, gave an awfully cheap set-piece away, and conceded from it. This has nothing to do with pressing, running fewer kilometres, nothing to do with the style of Leeds. We should not confuse these things.

“We were able to cope with the style, be the better team, be one or two goals ahead, but we give an own goal away, and the set piece has nothing to do with anything. From there, it’s 2-0, and the belief for Leeds is on top level and our body language, even in the ten minutes before, was not what it was like in the last match.

“That’s how I felt it. It’s surprising because you can’t be frustrated when Leeds make you do mistakes, this happens, but I don’t see the connection that we lost due to the style of Leeds. We knew what was coming, and the two goals that cost us the match had nothing to do with the style.”

Chelsea offered little quality to look back upon but offered up some quirks in west Yorkshire. football.london looks at the moments you may have missed at Elland Road. A rare occurrence Eagle-eyed supporters would have noticed something different about the Blues ahead of kick- off at Elland Road. The Blues wore a set of navy socks instead of their usual royal blue.

Chelsea had to use their away kit options to avoid clashing with the afternoon’s opponents. According to the museum of jerseys, the last time they did this in a competitive game was against Coventry in 1993. Edouard Mendy cheered It was certainly not the afternoon the Senegal international wanted.

The Blues goalkeeper had started the game well and appeared confident in making saves and controlling the ball. Just as Mendy appeared to be on his way to a very assured performance, he lingered too long. An errant touch allowed Aaronson to capitalise and practically run it into the net with a no-look finish. Mendy could not contain his frustration bouncing up and down with a spin in an attempt to find a release.

While the 30-year-old keeper did his best to move on from his error and made some solid saves, he would not be allowed to forget it quickly. Returning to the pitch after halftime, Mendy made his way to the penalty box to be greeted by raucous cheers from the Leeds faithful. Jesse Marsch and Thomas Tuchel on the final whistle The Leeds boss was probably pretty unhappy to see Tuchel on the sidelines ahead of the game.

March had been taken aback by the suggestion that Tuchel could appear on the bench following his red card following the full-time whistle against Tottenham. He said:

“I mean, if you get a red card, you are out of the match. I would be disappointed if they allowed him to be on the bench. There’s a simple rule in football. Whether it’s soccer or football, you cannot play the next match.”

Tuchel even picked up a one-match man but was allowed among the cut and thrust as he awaits the written reasons behind his suspension and an opportunity of appeal. It appears Marsch was very prepared for Tuchel’s presence with the American coach, even taking some inspiration from his German counterpart. The Leeds boss’ celebration of his side’s first goal was reminiscent of Tuchel storming down the touchline in joy against Spurs.

Come the full-time whistle, Marsch ensured he wouldn’t be part of a clash that would dominate the headlines like Tuchel was with Antonio Conte the previous weekend. The 48-year-old greeted Tuchel but did not engage in a handshake and instead gave a quick clasp of the hands/low five and quickly moved on to congratulate his stars.

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