Since the first half, Chelsea controlled the game. Quick goals can even be scored by the visitors, through kicks Mason Mount in the fourth minute.
After that, Leeds got more and more difficult after Daniel James was sent off. The Welshman made a hard foul until he was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor.
In the 24th minute, Daniel James violated Kovacic with a tackle. The strike of his left foot landed right on the shin of the Blue midfielder.
In the replay, Kovacic’s legs can be seen bending inward due to the tackle. It didn’t break, but it made Kovacic hurt on the pitch.
Kovacic finally replaced Chelsea. Manager Thomas Tuchel introduced Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a new midfielder in his midfield.
On the sidelines, it looks like Kovacic’s feet are wrapped in thick ice cubes. It looks like his ankle is problematic due to the horror tackle he experienced.
Daniel James himself got a direct red card for his actions. The former Manchester United player left the field with his head down.
Chelsea could then add two more goals in the second half. Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku ensured the Blues won 3-0.