Chelsea take brutal parting shot at relegated Leeds after final Premier League match

Chelsea took aim at Leeds with a brutal social media post after the Whites were relegated from the Premier League. The Blues revisited a post from August in which Leeds celebrated their 3-0 win over the West Londoners.

Leeds dropped into the Championship following a dismal 4-1 defeat by Tottenham on Sunday. Sam Allardyce's side needed to win and hope that Leicester and Everton both lost - but both of their relegation rivals triumphed on a dramatic final day, with Leicester joining Leeds in being relegated.

Chelsea, who had their own disappointing campaign, could not help but poke fun at Leeds' demise. They resurfaced a tweet from August to mock their rivals' relegation.

The Blues suffered a big defeat at Elland Road at the start of the season. During the game, Chelsea had tweeted that their side had "started to assert themselves" just moments before Leeds scored two quickfire goals. At the time, Leeds screenshotted the initial tweet and Chelsea's posts confirming goals by Brenden Aaronson and Rodrigo with the caption: "Life comes at you fast."

But after Leeds' relegation was confirmed on Sunday, Chelsea quote-tweeted Leeds' post with the brutal riposte: "It certainly does."

Victory over Chelsea was one of only a few highlights of Leeds' season. Jesse Marsch was sacked in February and the American's replacement, Javi Gracia, lasted only 11 Premier League matches. Allardyce was given the final four games to save the Yorkshire-based outfit from the drop but ultimately failed.

Chelsea endured a horrendous season of their own and many may see the irony in the social media take-down of Leeds. The Blues sacked Thomas Tuchel soon after the visit to Elland Road and Graham Potter lasted only six months before facing the axe.

The West Londoners have spent £600million on new players since the takeover by the Boehly-Clearlake consortium 12 months ago and have a dreary 12th-placed finish to show for their lavish outlay. Caretaker boss Frank Lampard oversaw just a solitary win from his 11 games in charge.

Lampard tore into the core of the Blues' squad after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle. "The standards collectively have dropped. I can be honest about that now that it's my last game, I might not see some of them that much anymore," he said.

"The standards of the collective for a club like Chelsea have to be at the maximum or you won't be physically competitive enough, or you won't be able to play at a high level. If you're not together in the dressing room, and you're not vocal in the dressing room, driving each other and competitive because I want your place and you want mine. Any top team has to have that."

Mauricio Pochettino is widely expected to become Chelsea's new manager. The former Tottenham boss came out as the favourite candidate from a thorough recruitment process led by Todd Boehly and the American's fellow co-owners.

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