Thomas Tuchel criticised his players’ loss of discipline at Elland Road and revealed Chelsea’s backroom staff were forced to travel by road before the 3-0 defeat.
Edouard Mendy’s error allowed Brenden Aaronson to open the scoring and Rodrigo Moreno and Jack Harrison added other goals to put Leeds in the Champions League places, having run 11 kilometres more than their opponents.
“Everything that can go wrong, did go wrong. It started the day before the game. We had no plane to arrive so we came on the bus. The players could fly but for the coaching staff it was a long ride on the bus. It continued today,” said Tuchel.
“We scored an own goal and gave an awfully cheap set pieces away and conceded from a set piece. It is nothing to do with pressing, nothing to do with running less kilometers and nothing to do with the style of Leeds.
“We were able to be the better team. But then it was 2-0 and our body language was not like it was in the last match. I don’t see the connection of us losing to the style of Leeds. We knew it was coming.”
Chelsea centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly was also dismissed for a second yellow card after he hauled down Joe Gelhardt.
“It is a bit of a reflection of the frustration. It cannot happen. We cannot get frustrated in Premier League games. It is a pure joy to play in an atmosphere like this,” said Tuchel.
Jesse Marsch feels there are still some doubters over him despite Leeds’ unbeaten start to the season which has seen them record two wins and a draw.
“There is probably still a lot of doubts, that is okay, it is normal, there are people that hate me and people that like me,” said the American. “I have tried to be appreciative of what the club is and the fans is. This league will keep you honest every week so we can’t feel too good about ourselves, We have to keep pushing and hungry.
“Because the fans are so intelligent I hope they can see more of what the tactics are and what we are trying to accomplish and see what the tactics are with and without the ball. It is an intelligent crowd.
“I could sense before the game there was no fear. Last year before every game when I was here there was fear – naturally when you’re in a relegation fight.
“But now I think they feel a lot of positive energy and they feel a lot of momentum and they have belief in each other and what we’re doing and so it means that we can out and perform better.”