Brenden Aaronson has told Leeds United’s Twitter account that the atmosphere during the Whites’ win over Chelsea earlier this season was probably the loudest he has ever been involved in, while discussing what he was thankful for ahead of Thanksgiving.
Until recently, the 3-0 win against Chelsea was, by far, the high point of our campaign. Leeds went into the contest off the back of a win over Wolves and a draw against Southampton.
The game on the south coast proved to be a bit of a sickener, with the Whites throwing away a 2-0 lead late on. And with that, Jesse Marsch’s men had a point to prove as they prepared to host Chelsea at Elland Road.
Aaronson amazed by Elland Road atmosphere in Chelsea win
Thankfully, Leeds were electric against the Blues. Aaronson lifted the roof off the ground by forcing Edouard Mendy into an awful mistake for the opening goal.
Shortly after, Leeds had a second thanks to a brilliant header from Rodrigo. And a third came after the break from Jack Harrison. And to add insult to injury, Chelsea had Kalidou Koulibaly sent off late on after he had endured an absolutely miserable day at the office.
Leeds have had more meaningful wins under Marsch. But there has been no better performance. And when asked ahead of Thanksgiving what he has been thankful for since arriving at Leeds, Aaronson picked out the atmosphere that day in August.
“I would say the Chelsea game, when it was that loud,” he told Leeds’ Twitter account. “Oh my, that was unbelievable. It was so loud that game. I remember coming in at half-time and being like: my ears are ringing. It was crazy. That was the loudest game I think I’ve ever been a part of.”
That win against Chelsea was arguably so important for Marsch. Leeds were subsequently unlucky on some occasions during their dreadful run. But there is no question that many supporters were ready to see the back of the 49-year-old at various points during that rut that was to come.
But that win against the Blues showed what can happen when everything goes right. It is clear just how much potential there could be if Leeds build on the more promising signs of the season.
Without that win, the Whites’ board may well have been more tempted to act when results fell apart.
Hopefully, they are now vindicated for sticking by Marsch.