Paul Merson has argued that Chelsea could “come unstuck” if they don’t match Leeds United’s work rate on Saturday night
Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of Leeds United. (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool/Getty Images)
The Whites travel to Stamford Bridge off the back of positive results against Arsenal and Everton, but will face a Blues side who are unbeaten in the league since September, and who currently sit third in the table.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men have put in a number of eye-catching displays against some of the biggest sides in the Premier League already this season though, and Merson believes that their exceptional fitness and hunger for a battle could see them give a bloody nose to Frank Lampard’s side.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, the pundit said: “You have to match them [Leeds], because they are so fit. They just constantly keep on running.
“They’ve got skill, they can pick a pass, they all know what they’re doing – it’s phenomenal watching them. I love watching them play.
“Tonight, it’s a very, very difficult game for Chelsea. If they don’t match Leeds – their endeavour, their hard work, and everything about Leeds – Chelsea will come unstuck. They will come unstuck.
“We’ve seen it. Arsenal should have come unstuck – couldn’t match them and they were unlucky. At times, Everton couldn’t match them and they had so many matches.
“If Chelsea match them, and they match them for everything they do, then I think there’s only one winner because they’ve got better players all over the pitch. But you’ve got to matche them, and if you don’t…”