The Data Day: Jorginho's defensive quality

The official Chelsea website highlights some of the key statistics and top performers from last night’s 1-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

We controlled possession for large parts of the game, enjoying a 74 per cent share of the ball.

The Blues came out on top in terms of shots on goal, with 17 compared to BATE’s nine.

Four of our attempts hit the target, three more than BATE.

Six of our efforts on goal came courtesy of Olivier Giroud, who also made the highest number of key passes with three, one more than Emerson, who supplied the cross from which Giroud headed home the winner.

The corner count was also in our favour as we forced six, three more than the home side.

Eden Hazard played an hour of last night’s match and the Belgian was the top performer in terms of dribbles, completing seven in total, which in turn led to him being the most fouled player throughout the contest.

Of the Chelsea players who started the game, Davide Zappacosta and Ross Barkley boasted impressive pass completion rates, the Italian successfully reaching a team-mate with 96.6 per cent of his 59 attempts, while the midfielder completed 93.8 per cent of his 113 passes.

From a defensive point of view, Jorginho produced an impressive display and topped the lists for both tackles (six) and interceptions (four).

Last night’s result means Maurizio Sarri has now won all 10 of his Europa League group-stage games as a manager.

The Blues have now won four consecutive games in European competition for the first time since April 2012, when we went on to win the Champions League.

We are now unbeaten in 17 matches in all competitions since the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City.