The Data Day: Chelsea v Newcastle United

Marcos Alonso was the standout performer in yesterday’s FA Cup victory according to the statistics from the game…

The left wing-back won a joint game-high four aerial duels. His tackling was immaculate, too, winning all five of the challenges he went in for. Nobody was successful with more.

He also made four clearances, and his six interceptions were three times as many as anyone else managed.

Alonso was responsible for three key passes, one of which set up Michy Batshuayi’s opener. Only Eden Hazard, with four, made more.

It is no surprise, then, that the Spaniard’s 110 touches of the ball were by some distance the most on the pitch.

With seven goals and three assists this season, Alonso is the first defender to register at least 10 goal involvements in all competitions this season.

His brilliant free-kick stemmed from two shots on target he had, the third highest figure on the pitch.

Overall, we had 18 shots to Newcastle’s nine with eight of our attempts on target, including all four of Batshuayi’s efforts.

We had a 61 per cent share of possession and an 85 per cent pass completion rate, successful with 527 of the 618 passes we attempted.

When it came to completed take-ons, Hazard with five recorded comfortable the highest figure on the pitch.

It is the 18th time in the last 20 seasons the Blues have advanced to the fifth round of the FA Cup.