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Leeds United edged closer to Premier League relegation after goals from Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku earned Chelsea a comfortable 3-0 victory over the 10-man hosts on Wednesday.

The fixture was important for both teams, with Chelsea needing five more points to be sure of a top-four finish prior to their trip north, while Leeds’ top-flight status remains in the balance.

The hosts, however, could not have got off to a worse start as Mount fired Chelsea in front inside four minutes, before a reckless challenge from Dan James saw him sent off 20 minutes later, leaving Leeds with a mountain to climb.

There only looked like being one winner from that moment on, with Chelsea putting the game to bed in the 54th minute as American forward Pulisic slotted home from the edge of the area, before Lukaku hammered in a late third to seal victory.

A third successive league loss for Leeds means they stay in the bottom three on 34 points from 36 matches, level with 17th-placed Burnley, who have a game in hand, making Sunday’s clash with Brighton & Hove Albion pivotal for Jesse Marsch’s side.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel to BBC Sport: “If we did not have the major injury to Mateo Kovacic, it would have been close to a perfect evening. It was a very strong performance from the start.

“We accepted all the obstacles we’d have to face – a physical team and an emotional stadium. We were strong from the beginning and deserved to win.

“We never dropped in concentration. We stayed very disciplined to avoid any chance of offensive transition. We did what we had to do at a very high level.”

On Kovacic’s injury: “It looks swollen and painful. It’s the same ankle he had injured already. It doesn’t look good.”

“We were very focused. Even against 11 players we were clearly the better team. I felt the team were very commited, focused and calm. I had a good feeling.

“I was happy with how we played and how the players reacted after Saturday’s late equaliser. We trusted ourselves but it was necessary to clear the air and refocus.

“The level of discipline and coverage in the defensive approach, we were more careful than the last game. We took care that we have a clean sheet.”

Chelsea’s first win in four league games moved Thomas Tuchel’s third-placed team onto 70 points from 36 matches, four clear of Arsenal in fourth, and eight clear of Tottenham Hotspur in fifth. (Reuters)

 

Full Results

Leeds United 0-3 Chelsea

Leicester City 3-0 Norwich

Watford 0-0 Everton

Wolves 1-5 Man City

 

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