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21st Feb 2019

Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson leads Malmö chants ahead of Chelsea tie

Ahead of Chelsea's tie with Malmo FF, Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson led the away fans' chanting in the streets of London

Reuben Pinder

He’s still got a lot of love for his former club

Malmö FF travelled to Stamford Bridge today for the second leg of their Europa League tie against Chelsea. Their fans, famous for their vocal support, were in full voice throughout the day as they marched through London.

One of those fans happened to be Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson, who spent five years at Malmö in his early 20s. The Swede evidently still has a lot of love for his old club, as he led the chants in front of his adoring fans.

Jansson scored seven goals in 128 appearances for Malmö before moving on to Torino and then Leeds.

Malmö went into the second leg of this tie having lost the home leg 2-1, leaving them something of a mountain to climb against elite opposition.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri used the game as a chance to rotate his squad, which included giving Jorginho a rest. But instead of moving N’Golo Kanté back into the holding role, as every single Chelsea fan seems to want, he deployed Mateo Kovacic in a deeper role than usual, with Kanté keeping his place on the right side of the midfield trio.

He’s a stubborn one, Sarri, which will likely be his undoing. But what is a man without principles?

Anyway, Pontus Jansson is having a lovely old time. That was the point of this piece.