'Great finish': Leeds United defender admits he was very impressed by one Chelsea player's goal last night

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper credited Mason Mount for the manner in which he executed his goal yesterday.

Speaking after his side lost 3-0 to Chelsea, Cooper could only praise Mount’s early strike that set the bar for the rest of the fixture.

Mason Mount grabs his goal vs Leeds

The England international sent the Blues into an early lead inside five minutes, with an effort worthy of winning any game.

Thomas Tuchel’s men moved through the gears as they swiftly swept the ball from left to right.

Reece James had acres of Elland Road turf to run into, pushing Leeds deeper and deeper.

This surge opened up the space for Mount to shoot from 18-yards, an invitation he simply could not refuse.

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Illan Meslier dived out of desperation rather than anticipation as his top-left corner crumbled under the weight of the blast.

“It’s a great finish. It’s difficult to take so early,” Cooper solemnly confessed.

“I thought we started the game brightly and obviously the goal changes it.”

Chelsea add two more in fine fashion

From that moment of Mount magic onwards, Chelsea were in cruise control.

A journey that was made a lot smoother by the straight red card Daniel James received for an awful challenge on Mateo Kovacic.

Leeds managed to ride out the rest of the first-half storm, but the pressure from their guests ultimately became too much,

“It’s difficult against top quality opposition. They kept the ball well. The quality of Chelsea came through,” continued Cooper.

Tuchel’s team, aware of how dangerous a 1-0 advantage can be, stepped on the gas once again.

They sliced through their hosts with some really incisive football, saving some of their best for Christian Pulisic’s goal ten minutes after the interval.

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Like for the first, Chelsea popped possession around with one or two touches, eventually ending with a delicate flick from Mount into Pulisic’s path.

The American tucked his shot away with delicate but deadly accuracy.

Romelu Lukaku rounded off the strong showing not long before the final whistle.

Another break from the Blues, fronted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, led to Hakim Ziyech finding the striker, who delayed before eventually rippling Meslier’s net.

Three goals, three points, five-star performance.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.