THE DATA DAY: NORWICH CITY V CHELSEA
Two late goals at Norwich City saw us record our first away win in the Premier League this season. The Blues controlled the game for much of the first half, with the home side becoming more threatening after the break, as shown by the statistics…
The Blues had 22 attempts on goal compared to the home side's 14. Eight of our attempts were on target, eight were off target with the remainder blocked.
Norwich scored with one of their three efforts on target, seven of theirs were off target while four were blocked. It was the first goal we'd conceded in the second half of a league game so far this season.
With both teams attempting to play the game in the right manner, the pass completion rates were very tight. We found our intended target with 86 per cent of passes compared to the 83 per cent completed by the home side.
In the attacking third we completed 116 passes from 161, while 75 of Norwich's 108 were also completed.
Norwich's Anthony Pilkington had four attempts on goal, more than any other player on show.
The top three successful passers during the game were all wearing blue, with Frank Lampard, Ramires and Juan Mata standing out, while Jonathan Howson and Leroy Fer were the standout performers in that area for the hosts.
In terms of passes completed in the attacking third, the top three was made up of two Chelsea players - Mata and Oscar - along with Robert Snodgrass.
Oscar, having scored the opening goal of the game, was once again a pivotal figure going forward, but his defensive work was equally impressive, with the Chelsea number 11 winning both of his attempted tackles in our own half.
Demba Ba, making only his second start of the campaign, was a constant thorn in the Norwich defence, particularly during the first half. As well as laying on Oscar's goal in the fourth minute, the striker had four attempts himself, two of which were on target. His physical presence was also utilised to great effect, with Ba winning three out of five aerial duels.
Andre Schurrle went into the game buoyed by his impressive display against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League last week and it was another encouraging performance from the German.
Starting wide on the left, he successfully took on his marker on three occasions and completed 10 of 13 passes in the attacking third. Defensively, he made two successful clearances as well as recovering possession five times.
Lampard and Sebastian Bassong, meanwhile, both made eight ball recoveries throughout the game, the highest number of any players, with Fer and John Terry next on seven and six respectively.
After a relatively comfortable opening 45 minutes, our defenders were called into action more regularly after the break, with over half of Norwich's attempts on goal coming in the second half, including all three of their efforts which hit the target.
Interestingly, the last time Chelsea visited Carrow Road with Mourinho at the helm the game also ended 3-1 to the Blues back in March 2005.