Kalidou Koulibaly set an unwanted top-5 league benchmark during Chelsea’s defeat at Leeds

The Senegalese was given his marching orders late in what proved a concerning day for Thomas Tuchel and co.

Chelsea star Kalidou Koulibaly secured for himself an altogether unwanted record during the club’s meeting with Leeds United earlier today.

Thomas Tuchel’s troops, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Hopeful of making it two wins from three to open the new Premier League season, the Blues made the trip to Yorkshire, for a showdown with the aforementioned Newcastle.

When all was said and done, however, to say that Chelsea’s efforts towards as much came up short would be something of an understatement.

Instead, the day’s visitors were put to the sword in altogether alarming fashion, by three goals to nil.

The eventual result at Elland Road, though, marked just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the woes endured by Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.

In addition, the Pensioners were dealt a blow on the personnel front, upon summer arrival Kalidou Koulibaly being dismissed for a 2nd bookable offence late on.

And, as alluded to above, in the process, the Senegalese stopper took ownership of an entirely unwanted record.

Since the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign, Koulibaly has now been given his marching orders on no fewer than six occasions between Serie A and the Premier Legue.

As per statisticians Opta, this marks the most of any player in Europe’s top-5 leagues across the same period.

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

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