The Data Day: Morata's threat

We take a statistical look back at yesterday's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace and highlight some of the key performers.

Chelsea dominated control of the ball, enjoying a 74 per cent share of possession over the course of the game.

We had 15 shots on goal, eight more than Crystal Palace, with six of those attempts hitting the target.

Jorginho completed the highest number of passes with 107 while Willian produced the most key passes with five. In terms of passing accuracy, Toni Rudiger was the top performer, the German defender successfully completing 96.8 per cent of his deliveries.

Alvaro Morata, scorer of a brace, had the highest number of shots on goal with five, three of which were on target.

The striker has now scored four goals in his last four Premier League appearances.

Pedro enjoyed a fine game, scoring the goal his performance merited to make it 3-1, and the Spaniard successfully completed five dribbles, more than any other player, as well as providing two key passes, one of which led to Morata’s opening goal.

From a defensive perspective, Marcos Alonso won five tackles, the highest figure in the game.

Although Eden Hazard only played the final 26 minutes, the Belgian still managed to provide two key passes in the match with the first of those, just 91 seconds after his introduction, leading to Morata’s second goal.

Yesterday’s result means Maurizio Sarri has become only the second manager to remain unbeaten in his first 11 Premier League matches. Frank Clark achieved the feat with Nottingham Forest in 1994.

The Blues went on to win the title on the two previous occasions we were unbeaten in our opening 11 matches (2005/06 and 2014/15).


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