THE DATA DAY: MANCHESTER CITY V CHELSEA
Two second-half goals consigned the Blues to defeat this weekend, the stats showing it to be a reflection on the chances created by either side in Manchester…
Manchester City became the first team to prevent Chelsea scoring in the league since QPR in the first match of 2013, and did so by restricting our attempts on goal to nine, of which two were on target.
The home team scored twice from 15 attempts on goal, six of which were accurate. Gary Cahill blocked four shots and was successful in five out of seven clearances.
Yaya Toure, given a more forward and freer role than in some City games, had the game's most shots - four - scoring the opener from his two attempts on-target. Frank Lampard had the most Chelsea strikes, with three - Joe Hart saving his one on-target.
Chelsea had more possession during the 90 minutes than City - 53 per cent - but although our pass completion rate was comparable with our opponents' across the whole pitch, and marginally better in the attacking third, Mancini's men managed 26 more passes in or around our penalty area. These figures do however suggest City were the more threatening team due to counter-attacking rather than sustained pressure.
Rafael Benitez highlighted after the game that Chelsea did not win enough second balls in the first half and in defence, Man City were successful in 17 out of their 20 challenges. City also committed 20 fouls to our five - right-back Pablo Zabaleta whistled up five times.
Ashley Cole down that same flank was fouled twice. The Chelsea left-back managed to get forward with the number of passes he made in the attacking area of the pitch only bettered by one Chelsea player - Juan Mata.
When it came to the defensive side of the game, Cole was our joint-best tackler along with John Mikel Obi. Three out of four were won by both men.
Chelsea players were successful in just under half of our attempted take-ons. Victor Moses, on for the final 20 minutes, beat his man on two out of two occasions.
Looking at two of the slighter players on the pitch, Ramires won the most aerial duals for Chelsea - three out of three - and City's David Silva won the most tackles in the game - succeeding in all five attempted. Silva was involved in creating both goals.