Chelsea ahead Kai Havertz has been known as out by former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor for lacking a seemingly straightforward likelihood throughout Saturday’s 1-0 win in opposition to Leeds United.
The Blues have struggled to attain in current months, and regardless of securing three factors with Wesley Fofana’s headed purpose, they nonetheless missed different main possibilities through the match.
Havertz’s miss was notably evident, as he didn’t beat Leeds’ goalkeeper Illan Meslier in a one-on-one state of affairs created by Raheem Sterling’s well-placed move.
Agbonlahor was clearly unimpressed with Havertz’s efficiency. Talking to TalkSPORT (through ChelseaChronicle), the previous Aston Villa man defined:
“Chelsea had been there for the taking. They weren’t nice. They had been higher than they had been not too long ago however nonetheless… I feel Havertz, that one-on-one he had within the first half… it’s like watching me undergo 1v1, wasn’t it? It wasn’t convincing however they [Chelsea] would see it as ‘we received 1-0’ and it takes the strain off [Graham Potter[ a little bit.”
With Joao Felix also hitting the crossbar in the match, the Blues could have made their win much more comfortable. However, unless they start converting these big chances, their recent struggles in front of goal could continue, and their victory against Leeds may only be a temporary reprieve.
The Blues notably have a massive game against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday – their only chance at silverware this season.
Chelsea secure hard-fought win over Leeds United
In a hard-fought encounter at Stamford Bridge, defender Wesley Fofana’s towering header proved to be the difference as Chelsea secured a crucial 1-0 victory over a resilient Leeds United side on Saturday.
The Blues started the match brightly, dominating possession and creating several early chances. Joao Felix, on loan from Atletico Madrid, came closest to breaking the deadlock with a fierce strike that crashed against the crossbar.
However, it was not until the 53rd minute that Fofana rose the highest to nod in a corner from the impressive Ben Chilwell, much to the relief of the home crowd. It was only the second goal the Blues had scored at home in 2023 and provided a much-needed boost for under-fire coach Graham Potter.
Leeds, who have struggled away from home this season, pushed hard for an equalizer in the second half, but the hosts defended resolutely to hold on for the win. The visitors had a couple of chances to level the scores, with Weston McKennie and captain Luke Ayling both firing wide of the target.
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