Just as in their defeat to Arsenal on Sunday that dropped them into the bottom three, Leeds conceded a goal and went down to 10 men in the first 30 minutes.
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On this occasion, it was Mason Mount who found the net, after just four minutes. Daniel James then saw red in the 24th minute for a horror challenge on Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who was soon forced off the field just three days before the FA Cup final.
Leeds prevented further damage until half-time but Christian Pulisic effectively sealed the three points for Chelsea with a low strike into the corner of the net 10 minutes into the second half. Romelu Lukaku, after missing a couple of headed chances earlier on, then got on the scoresheet late on to complete a miserable evening for Leeds fans.
The result will ease Chelsea’s fears of losing grip on a place in the top four and a Champions League berth for next season. Thomas Tuchel’s side remain third but now have a four-point gap over Arsenal and an eight-point gap to Tottenham, although both have an extra game to play — against each other on Thursday.