THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V ASTON VILLA

Posted on: Mon 24 Dec 2012

There were certainly goals on Sunday, but here we take a look at a few of the other important figures that made our meeting with Aston Villa such a one-sided affair…

The eight goals we scored matches the margin of victory against Wigan Athletic on the final day of the 2009/10 season. Yesterday we had seven scorers, on that day only five.

Chelsea dominated with 26 attempts to Villa's seven, and 17 of those 26 coming in a one-sided second half.

Of the nine in the first half, we hit the target with five and scored with three. Villa's only shot on target during the 90 minutes brought a superb save from an otherwise unworked Petr Cech.

We completed 457 of our 559 passes, a rate of 87 per cent, and boasted 56.5 per cent possession against Villa.

Since Rafa Benitez arrived, he has encouraged the side to be more direct in the final third, and a reflection of our dominance is that despite this, we still attempted 191 passes in that area, the most since we beat Norwich 4-1 in early October.

Despite the margin of victory, Villa completed more crosses into the box, with four, than we did - just three. Fernando Torres did however head us in front after just a couple of minutes.

Villa were caught offside five times to our three, suggestin Benitez's side dealt well, as planned, with the counter-attack.

Chelsea committed just six fouls all afternoon, Villa 11, and neither side received a yellow card. Perhaps that shows just how little competition there was on the day.

Ramires had two shots, put them both on target, and both ended up in the net. Branislav Ivanovic also converted his only effort.

David Luiz, playing in midfield, attempted four shots, more than any other player on the pitch. He was also important defensively, making six interceptions, four more than anyone else.

Cesar Azpilicueta attempted 76 passes, more than any other player, and completed 68. David Luiz was also highly influential, completing 64 of his 74. Ashley Cole misplaced only two of his 59. These three were able to get forward and influence attacks more than they would have expected in a tighter contest.