THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V SOUTHAMPTON
An excellent second-half display yesterday saw the Blues turn around a 1-0 deficit courtesy of three well-taken goals. The statistics suggest it wasn't just front of goal that we got better as the game wore on…
We permitted Southampton to just one shot on target all game - Jay Rodriguez's goal inside 14 seconds. In our last domestic outing, at West Ham, we also conceded one shot on Petr Cech's goal, and that was in injury time at the end of the match.
Seven of our 16 shots on Southampton's goal over the 90 minutes were on target. Eight of our total attempts were headed efforts, a number that included our first two goals.
Of the 26 crosses we delivered into Southampton's box 10 were won by a man in blue, with John Terry and Demba Ba finding the net from that form of attack. Our first goal, from Gary Cahill, also arose after Branislav Ivanovic was first to a corner. The Saints attempted 15 crosses into our box but only one was successful.
Our aerial dominance proved a key feature of the game. Of the 37 aerial duals contested we rose higher on 26 occasions, an impressive 70% success rate. Fernando Torres won six of his nine duals, while Ivanovic didn't lose out once, winning the ball all six times he went up for it.
In the second half we managed more than twice as many successful take-ons as we had in the first, beating our man on nine occasions, compared to four in the opening 45. After the interval we also managed more shots, more corners, more ball recoveries, and more tackles than we had before the break.
On his return to the side Juan Mata played a pivotal role in our second consecutive Premier League victory. The Spaniard made more passes than anyone else on the pitch - completing 41 in total - with a game-high 18 of those being in the final third of the pitch.
Mata created three more chances than anyone else, five in total. He also made nine ball recoveries, a number bettered only by Cesar Azpilicueta.
Ramires was voted Man of the Match, in no small part to his phenomenal tackling. The Brazilian won the ball on 10 of the 12 occasions he attempted a tackle, comfortably more than everybody else on the pitch. His tenacity in the closing moments created a crossing opportunity from which Ba converted. It was the Senegalese striker's first league goal of the season and his fourth against Southampton in a Chelsea shirt.
We have now won eight points from losing positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other team, while we have taken 41 points from the last 45 on offer at Stamford Bridge.