THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V SWANSEA CITY

Posted on: Mon 29 Apr 2013

Three points were achieved at the weekend thanks to some accurate and incisive passing, and dominance in direct combat.

Frank Lampard scored his 201st Chelsea goal, taking him to within one of Bobby Tambling's club record. Sunday's strike came against his 38th different Premier League opposition. That equals the record held by Andy Cole.

Chelsea recorded a healthy 24 shots on Sunday afternoon, with eight on target. Goalkeeper Michel Vorm was probably Swansea's outstanding performer with some impressive saves.

Four of those came from Demba Ba, who attempted a game-high eight shots over the 90 minutes. Swansea's most threatening attacker was right-back Angel Rangel, who was on target with both his two shots. Top scorer Michu had three off target.

Rangel also linked up well with Pablo Hernandez down the right, and the pair were responsible for Swansea's best chances. They exchanged 24 passes.

Anyone who thinks Swansea are already on holiday should take a look at their nine blocks made from Chelsea shots in and around the area. West Bromwich Albion made as many on March 4, but nobody has made more since QPR's 11 in January.

Two tidy sides completed just shy of 900 passes between them, Chelsea shading possession with just under 52 per cent, with 459 complete passes at a rate of 85 per cent. Despite possession being close, Chelsea dominated territory as the ball spent 61 per cent of its time in the Swansea half.

Nobody made more successful passes than Ki Sung-Yueng. He made 62 accurate passes, and just two inaccurate. David Luiz, again prominent in midfield, was our top man with 55 from 67 attempts. Ashley Cole lost the ball just once from his 34 passes.

Eden Hazard's wizardry created five chances for team-mates to score, none of which were taken. The Belgian and Juan Mata each made 30 successful passes in Swansea's final third, Oscar 27. Hazard also made four successful dribbles.

The Blues won an impressive 14 of 16 attempted tackles (David Luiz and Oscar each won four of five), and made 17 interceptions, one more than the Swans. Their captain Ashley Williams was important in defence, making four interceptions and three blocks, with eight successful clearances - all game highs.

We were dominant in the air, winning 16 of 22 aerial duels. David Luiz bossed midfield with nine out of nine. Nobody else won more than two, and Michu none from five.

Stats courtesy of Opta.