Tempers flared following the full-time whistle at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea stole all three points in the fourth minute of stoppage time courtesy of a Jorginho penalty
Penalties were the order of the day, with referee Chris Kavanagh pointing to the spot on three separate occasions, once for Leeds in the first-half before two were awarded for the hosts in the second period.
Jorginho netted both of the Blues’ spot-kicks, the second of which came deep into second-half stoppage time much to the fury of a number of Leeds players, including goalkeeper Illan Meslier who was cautioned for his protests.
Given Leeds thought they had salvaged a point late on after Joe Gelhardt equalised with 83 minutes on the clock, the sense of injustice was strong throughout Marcelo Bielsa’s side – something that spilled over after the contest had finished.
It is unclear what actually sparked the brawl involving the majority of both sides’ players, but Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger appeared to be particularly aggravated and was having to be restrained by many of his teammates.
Junior Firpo was the Leeds player going toe to toe with Chelsea’s German central defender, though he quickly departed the scene as a number of his teammates continued the hostile behaviour.
Both sets of players eventually dispersed, but not before Rudiger had tried to face off with seemingly every Leeds player in his wake.
The dramatic victory will be a huge relief for Blues boss Thomas Tuchel given both of their title rivals secured all three points today.
After last week’s shock defeat away at West Ham, a second successive loss at home to Bielsa’s side could have spelled the end of Chelsea’s title prospects as they would have been five points adrift of league leaders Man City.
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However, that gap now stands at just two points as Tuchel looks to add domestic glory to his Chelsea trophy cabinet after last term’s European glory.
Bielsa was not disheartened by his team’s performance, despite the fact Leeds were missing arguably their two most important players in Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford, both out with injury.
The Leeds boss discussed his side’s performance, as well as the controversial penalty decisions from Kavanagh.
“I think we deserved a draw, our performance merited it,” Bielsa explained.
“Errors are part of the game, unless they are unjustified or impudent. I wouldn’t class either of those penalties as that.”