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Olivier Giroud admitted he was “really impressed” by Leeds following Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side on Saturday night.
The visitors they were well beaten in the end after failing to make the most of his impressive start in West London.
Blues Old Patrick Bamford opened the scoring after just four minutes at Stamford Bridge.
However, United’s resistance was broken in the 27th minute when the fit Giroud swept home.
Leeds He struggled to assert his will in the second period, with Kurt Zouma finishing with a header. Sub Christian Pulisic then completed the score in injury time.
Despite the loss to Frank Lampard’s side, the visitors left a lasting impression on French star Giroud.
“We really wanted to win by [the fans] and keep up the good momentum, “said the 34-year-old. Sky sports.
“Honestly, we were not surprised to face this team. [Leeds] because we knew their qualities. We gave in early and wanted to recover immediately.
“They [Leeds] it was one of the best teams I have faced in a few months. They physically run everywhere. It was very difficult.
“It’s a great feeling to win tonight and they drew against Man City and lost only to Liverpool. They really impress me. They are a good team.
“I feel good and confident. I play calmly. Today I had the opportunity to score again and help the team.
“I am happy for the squad and the staff. We work hard on training. We have faith in our game plan and we get better and better. Trust is here and we want to keep it. “
When asked about his tie, he added: “He’s a good cross from Reece James and I try to stay in the game.
“We work hard in training and we really enjoy it on the field. It’s good when you can show it off on the weekend. So we enjoy playing together. “
Bielsa identifies Leeds’s main problem
Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa said Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante was crucial in helping the Blues seal victory at Stamford Bridge.
Talking to Match of the day (via BBC Sport), Bielsa added that set pieces were key. In fact, Zouma’s goal, which put Chelsea ahead, came from the corner.
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“We couldn’t neutralize them on set pieces and in the end it was important,” he added. manager said.
“It was difficult for us to stop them playing from behind with their centrals and N’Golo Kante.
“The difficulty for us was that we couldn’t take the ball away from them in their own field.” Read more…