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Three talking points as Leeds draw with Chelsea

Leeds United bounced back from a run of four defeats in five to secure a good point against Chelsea at Elland Road on Saturday.

The Whites rode their luck at times. But they also had the chances to inflict the Blues’ first defeat under Thomas Tuchel.

So here are three talking points from the stalemate…

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Llorente worth waiting for

Plenty of fans were concerned about Diego Llorente after he came off due to injury during January’s win at Newcastle.

Up until that point, the Spaniard had endured a torrid time with injury. And it appeared that some supporters had their doubts about whether he could be relied upon.

But Llorente has been a revelation since his latest return. And his performance on Saturday was arguably his best yet.

Defensively, he was colossal. And he was not too far away from breaking the deadlock during the second-half

Roberts issues timely reminder of his ability

Speaking of players who nearly opened the scoring, Tyler Roberts was outstanding against Tuchel’s side.

There seemed to be plenty of surprise when he was named in the starting lineup ahead of Rodrigo Moreno after not standing out against West Ham.

But he vindicated Marcelo Bielsa’s faith emphatically.

Admittedly, there were a few disappointing touches. But overall, it was a much-needed reminder of what the Wales international can do.

He hit the crossbar with a delicious attempt on goal. And he managed to make the Chelsea defence look foolish on more than one occasion.

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Where are the goals going to come from?

Remarkably, Leeds have now not scored in their last three games. And worryingly, Patrick Bamford limped off during the first-half against Chelsea.

Rodrigo could therefore, now be gearing up for his first proper run as a striker since his arrival at Elland Road.

Llorente has silenced his doubters. His countryman now needs to set his sights on doing the same.

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