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Late Winner Propels Chelsea Past Leeds: Pochettino’s Tactical Shifts Pay Off

Mauricio Pochettino’s squad encountered a challenging start but finished strongly, ensuring their prospects for winning trophies remain intact.

Conor Gallagher secured a late victory for Chelsea, propelling them into an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Leicester, as they overcame Leeds 3-2 in a fifth-round encounter at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Chelsea struggled initially, conceding due to a defensive error, failing to counter Leeds’ aggressive pressing. Mateo Joseph capitalized on Axel Disasi’s wayward pass, slotting home the opener for the visitors. Despite Chelsea’s attempts to seize control, Leeds extended their lead just before the hour mark with another goal from Joseph.

Pochettino made pivotal changes, introducing Gallagher, Ben Chilwell, and Cole Palmer from the bench. Gallagher’s decisive touch in the 90th minute, connecting with an Enzo Fernandez pass before finding the net, secured victory for Chelsea.

Although Caicedo redeemed himself with an assist for Nicolas Jackson’s goal, Chelsea’s performance was mixed. Mykhailo Mudryk added a second goal late in the half, with Raheem Sterling providing the assist.

Player assessments revealed varied performances, with notable contributions from Caicedo, Fernandez, and Mudryk, while Gallagher’s impact off the bench was crucial.

Pochettino’s management received a lukewarm rating, as Chelsea struggled initially and lost their grip on the match, despite ultimately securing the win with timely substitutions.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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