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Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted he has been satisfied with recent performances but called on his side to address their dip in form at home to Leeds United on Saturday.

The Blues were leading the Premier League until a 1-1 draw with Manchester United followed by a 3-2 defeat against West Ham moved them down to third.

Chelsea were also held by a late goal in midweek Champions League action against Zenit, but Tuchel has not been concerned by the recent performances.

"For me it is about the last three games," Tuchel said. "West Ham was a very good first half and an OK second half but a terrible result for us.

"(At Zenit) We had a lot of changes then let a lead slip through our fingers in the very last minute.

"If you have the lead four times in two matches and you escape with one point and six goals conceded, it is not the time to look away and pretend nothing is happening."

Leeds were fortunate to steal a 2-2 draw against Brentford and sit just six points above the relegation zone, though they could sense an opportunity with Chelsea looking out of sorts.

Head coach Marcelo Bielsa, however, said Chelsea's performance levels do not warrant concern.

"The performance against Zenit was from a mixed squad that doesn't represent their true strength," reflected Bielsa.

"And the defeat against West Ham… you have to watch and analyse it to see if the result aligned with what was deserved, how the game went.

"I didn't see a decline in the way they play. But you have told me what the Chelsea manager thinks and if what you say is true then I'm not anyone to say anything to the contrary."

Chelsea - Mason Mount

Mason Mount has both scored and assisted a goal in three of his last four Premier League starts for Chelsea, with the English midfielder scoring five and assisting three in these games. Mount has the most league goals (9) and assists (6) of any Chelsea player under Thomas Tuchel.

Leeds United - Raphinha

Raphinha has scored six of Leeds' 15 Premier League goals this season, with no other player at the club netting more than twice so far this term. His six goals have been worth seven points to the Whites, with only Jamie Vardy's strikes being more valuable to his side this season (8).

·Chelsea conceded more than twice for just the second time in 34 Premier League games under Thomas Tuchel in their 3-2 loss at West Ham last time out. In fact, the Blues have conceded more goals in their last three Premier League games (5) than they had in their first 12 combined this season (4).

·Leeds have won just two of their last 32 away matches in London in all competitions (D7 L23) and have lost two of their last three games when scoring first in the capital: against Chelsea last December and Spurs in November (won 2-1 in the other vs Fulham).

·Both Chelsea and Leeds have scored a joint league-high three goals in the 90th minute of Premier League games this season; Chelsea's three have put the gloss on already won games for them, while Leeds' three have either been winning (1) or equalising (2) strikes.

·Leeds are winless in their last six meetings with Chelsea in all competitions (D2 L4), since a 2-0 home win in December 2002.

·In all competitions, Leeds have lost their last seven meetings with reigning European champions, since beating Nottingham Forest 1-0 in December 1980. Their last such game was a 5-1 home defeat to Chelsea in a League Cup tie in December 2012.

Updated December 10, 2021

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