THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V LIVERPOOL
It was one of those days at Stamford Bridge, as territorial advantage and chances galore did not transfer to the scoreline…
Chelsea had 15 shots to Liverpool's 10, but could only manage three on target the same number as the Reds, showing we did not test the relatively inexperienced Brad Jones nearly enough. The Australian made only two saves, both from Fernando Torres, and both were very good.
Luis Suarez's goal was Liverpool's first effort on target after 72 minutes. The Uruguayan had one more, from near the halfway line, before Petr Cech's late save from Jose Enrique.
Perhaps surprisingly for a home game, Chelsea had only 43 per cent possession and completed only 80 per cent of our 386 passes. In contrast Liverpool had an 87 per cent success rate, completing 442 of 507.
Critically, however, it seems Liverpool's greater possession was in areas that could not hurt Chelsea. In the attacking third, they made 135 passes to Chelsea's 143.
Both teams' preference for the short pass is highlighted by goalkeeper behaviour. Cech only went long with his passes twice, and was once successful, while Jones kept his sevenpasses short.
Four Liverpool players outpassed John Mikel Obi, Chelsea's top passer. The game's top passer was Joe Allen who completed 57. He was caught in possession several times, launching Chelsea counter-attacks, however, and one of these led to his booking for hauling down Torres.
Hazard and Suarez were both dangerous on the attack, the Belgian making 21 of 25 passes in the final third, the Uruguayan 18 of 20.
Mata and Hazard created seven chances between them, Terry's goal coming from the Spaniard's corner.
Liverpool were caught offside seven times to Chelsea's one,with Suarez the main offender, unsurprising given his tendency to sit on the shoulder of the last defender.
Liverpool's wide men were better utilised defensively. Glen Johnson and Enrique were asked to provide attacking threats, but instead they did well on the back foot, Enrique winning all seven of his tackles, Johnson all five of his.
Stats from Opta.