On the morning of December, 6 a 3-1 victory over Leeds United brought teacher and coach Frank Lampard to the top with one point more than Tottenham Hotspur.
Coach Frank Lampard ranked Olivier Giroud to start after an impressive performance with a poker shot against Sevilla in the Champions League on 3/12. Supporting him in attack were rookie duo Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner. This was also the first match that Chelsea welcomed fans back to Stamford Bridge after a period of absence from fans because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chelsea entered confidently with a header that sent the ball off the post in the second minute, but the football team from the West Yorkshire was the team with an early lead. In the 4th minute, starting from Kalvin Phillips’s slit in the left flank, Patrick Bamford went down to speed, overcoming the close match of Kurt Zouma, Thiago Silva and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to score the opening goal.
According to Opta , Bamford is the player to score the most away goals in the Premier League this season. Seven of the eight goals scored by the English striker have all been recorded at times away from home. He spent many years on a Chelsea payroll before being sold off to Middlesbrough and moved to Leeds in the summer of 2018.
After many missed opportunities, Giroud equalized the home team with a one-touch shot from Reece James’s cross. The French striker is the first player, since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in 2010, to score in six consecutive Premier League games for Chelsea.
This is the seventh goal after Giroud’s 11 appearances for Chelsea this season. The player born in 1984 showed impressive scoring performance despite often having to sit on the bench before that. Chelsea has two strikers with good performance as Tammy Abraham also has 5 goals and 5 assists so far.
In the second half, the two sides still kept a balanced match with many tit-for-tat situations. After being promoted, Leeds became one of the top horses worth watching in the Premier League under the guidance of coach Marcelo Bielsa. However, the 61st minute Kurt Zouma headed in from Mason Mount’s corner to give the home side the lead.
This victory helped Chelsea rise to the top of the Premier League with 22 points, one point ahead of Tottenham and Liverpool. After the match with Krasnodar in the Champions League on December 9, Lampard’s teachers and teachers will in turn encounter many difficult opponents until the end of December, including Everton, West Ham, Wolves and Arsenal.