Leeds United captain Liam Cooper praised “world-class” Chelsea players as he assessed the 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men took Chelsea by surprise with their intensity at the start of the game.

They took the lead just four minutes into the game thanks to Kalvin Phillips’ brilliant pass and Patrick Bamford’s composure in front of the goal.

Chelsea equalied through Olivier Giroud just before the half-hour mark before Kurt Zouma put the home team ahead for the first time in the second half.

Cooper who was supposed to mark Zouma said he felt a nudge in the build-up to the goal but still praised the France international’s aerial prowess.

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“I felt like I was fouled, but it’s just one of [those] things,” he told Leeds’ LUTV after the game.

“Kurt Zouma is very good in the air — I’ve got to do better.”

The Scotland international also admitted that Leeds had a hard time defending against the quality Chelsea have in their team.

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“They’re world-class players,” he added.

“We [were] running to the last second but sometimes these teams got a bit of extra quality and Chelsea certainly had that today.

“Chelsea have got very good players on the ball and sometimes it’s hard.

“The moment you come, they’ll juggle it out and pop it to the free man — and we struggled with that.

“A fair result in the end.”

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