THE DATA DAY: HULL CITY V CHELSEA
A third straight away win in 2014 was built upon a resolute defensive performance, according to the statistics…
We more than matched Hull City physically, successful in 28 of the 44 aerial duels that were contested, and winning 14 of the 16 tackles that we went in for. We also recovered the ball more often than our opponents, who switched between a back three and a back four at regular intervals during the afternoon.
Hull's lone striker, Yannick Sagbo, won just two of his 15 aerial duels, suggesting that our defence managed to deal with the big Ivorian's physical presence.
Of the 38 crosses attempted in the game, only four reached their intended destination. Just one of Hull's 18 attempts found a man in black and gold, while 3 of our 20 crosses picked out a player in Chelsea blue, though two of those deliveries did create golden opportunities for Oscar, neither converted.
Hull had 10 attempts on goal, but eight of those were from outside the box. Meanwhile, we completed over 100 more passes than the Tigers, and nearly twice as many in the final third. Eight of the game's top nine passers were Chelsea players.
David Luiz, deployed in midfield for the second time this season, enjoyed an impressive performance statistically. He completed more passes than any other player - 54 - including the third highest number in the attacking third of the pitch, behind Eden Hazard and Oscar. David Luiz also made more ball recoveries (eight), more interceptions (four) and more clearances (16) than anyone else on the pitch. He also recorded a game-high figure when it came to aerial duels, winning 10 of his 13 tussles in the air.
Willian created four chances for his team-mates, the final one of which was taken on and finished superbly by Fernando Torres, on the occasion of his 200th career Premier League appearance. The Brazilian also beat his man on three occasions, a figure bettered only by Hazard.
Prior to the wins at Southampton and Hull, our four previous league games had yielded five goals, all scored in the first half. Since Samuel Eto'o's winner against Liverpool, we have now scored five consecutive goals in the second half - or seven if you include the cup win at Derby.
We have now conceded one goal in six games in league and cup. Petr Cech's third straight clean sheet was his 153rd in the Premier League and his 209th in a Chelsea shirt, moving him ahead of Peter Bonetti as our all-time record holder
For the first time since 2008, we have managed three consecutive clean sheets away from home in the Premier League, though we still have some way to go to match the seven in a row we achieved under Luiz Felipe Scolari between September 2008 and December 2008.
We have now won six games this season 2-0, our most common margin of victory, but Saturday's success was our first by that scoreline in the Premier League since the opening day of the 2012/13 season, at Wigan.