Chelsea 3 Leeds United 1: Graham Smyth's player ratings as Whites' joy is short-lived at Stamford Bridge

LEEDS United fell to a 3-1 defeat in Saturday night's Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge - but how did we rate the performances?

Saturday, 5th December 2020, 11:04 pm
Frank Lampard's side trailed to a Patrick Bamford opener but Leeds United ultimately fell to a 3-1 defeat. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Marcelo Bielsa's Whites took an early lead through Patrick Bamford but Blues goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic sent Frank Lampard's side top of the league.

Graham Smyth, the YEP's chief football writer, hands out the scores.

8 - Could do little with any of the goals, made some very big stops including an impressive double-save. Photo by Bruce Rollinson.

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6 - Got forward in the first half to help give Leeds a dangerous look on the right but was pinned back for much of the second. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - Pool/Getty Images.
6 - He and his defence struggled to deal with corners, tripped accidentally for the second goal. Had to coach Llorente through the performance. Made some important challenges on the ground and in the air. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
N/A - Only lasted nine minutes. Was struggling before he went down and couldn't continue. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas - Pool/Getty Images.
5 - Needed to be better in possession against a side so good at breaking with pace. Given a hard time by the double act of Ziyech and James. Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.
6 - More effective in the first half than the second, when Chelsea really got a hold on the middle of the park. His assist was glorious. Picture by Mike Hewitt/PA Wire.
6 - Unable to have much of an impact in the middle of the park. Tried to get forward from left-back but Werner's pace made that risky. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
6 - His quietest game of the season. Like Phillips he was better in the first half than the second. Kante ran the show in the middle. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
6 - Looked capable of hurting Chelsea in the first half, unable to create in the second with Chelsea in control and went quiet. Photo by Matthew Childs - Pool/Getty Images.
5 - Got into positions where he might have hurt Chelsea, had his deliveries been right but his crossing was poor. Photo by Matthew Childs - Pool/Getty Images.
6 - Took his goal brilliantly but it was a struggle to get into the game for most of it. Lacked service but when Rodrigo found him in the box he got the finish wrong. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.
6 - A baptism of fire. Came on after nine minutes. Willing to get on the ball but forced it when he went direct. Leeds looked susceptible from corners, free-kicks and crosses. Photo by Matthew Childs - Pool/Getty Images.
7 - Gave Leeds a presence they'd been lacking and helped link defence with attack to get the visitors moving forward. Some nice touches and passes. Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images.
6 - Added energy, ran at Chelsea but rarely able to get beyond markers. If he'd gone down he'd have had a penalty. Photo by MATTHEW CHILDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images.
7 - Didn't have a lot to deal with in terms of contentious incidents. Could have given Poveda a penalty however. Spotted and ignored theatrics from both sides. Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images.