THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V MANCHESTER UNITED
Despite having less possession and making fewer passes than Manchester United, the statistics suggest we made the most of the ball when we had it in opposition territory…
We had 13 attempts to Manchester United's 10, though our visitors made more passes than us, completing 362 to our 274. They also edged possession and territory.
An occasionally scrappy game had 36 fouls, 21 of which were by the away side. Eden Hazard suffered more than any other player, illegally halted in his tracks on five occasions, including when Nemanja Vidic chopped him down and earned a red card.
We were successful in 20 of the 27 tackles we challenged for, with Cesar Azpilicueta the most successful player on the pitch in that department, winning the ball on seven occasions.
Azpilicueta was also involved in the most frequent pass combination on the pitch, picking out Hazard 14 times, underlying their growing understanding on the left-hand side of the pitch.
Willian had another effective afternoon. He completed three of his five take-ons, made seven ball recoveries (only Hazard, with eight, made more) and won all four of the tackles he contested.
Samuel Eto'o scored with three of his four shots yesterday. His hat-trick takes his tally to the season to six goals in eight Premier League starts, all struck at Stamford Bridge.
It was our first treble against Manchester United since the Championship-winning 1954/55 campaign, when Seamus O'Connell netted three in a 5-6 home defeat. Indeed it was only the third ever hat-trick by a Chelsea player against Manchester United - Alec Cheyne scored the other in September 1930.