The Data Day: Awesome Azpi

Cesar Azpilicueta stood out statistically on the occasion of his 300th Chelsea appearance as we recorded a significant victory on Saturday…

Azpilicueta was outstanding at the back and the 13 tackles he won is the most by anyone in Europe’s top five leagues this season. The next highest figure, recorded on multiple occasions, is 10.

The last time somebody made as many successful tackles as Azpilicueta managed in the Premier League was in January 2017, when our own N’Golo Kante recorded 14 in a 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.

On Saturday, Azpilicueta also made a game-high five clearances and blocked two shots. Another star performer, David Luiz, won five aerial duels, at least three more than anyone else.

We had eight shots to Manchester City’s 14, but five of our attempts were on target compared to four of theirs.

Kante scored with our first effort of the game; it was the longest we had to wait for a shot in a league game at Stamford Bridge since the 2006/07 season.

City registered just a solitary on-target attempt after Kante’s goal, and that was Gabriel Jesus’s strike in the fourth minute of stoppage time that Kepa saved well.

Willian, Pedro and Ross Barkley recorded a joint game-high two efforts.

We netted from our only corner of the match, delivered by Eden Hazard. Having also set up Kante’s opener, the Belgian has assisted a league-high eight goals this season, twice as many as he managed in 2017/18.

We had a 38.7 per cent share of possession and completed 334 of our 410 passes, equating to an 81 per cent pass success rate.

Of the seven key passes we made, Hazard and Kante were responsible for two apiece. Antonio Rudiger was our top passer overall, making 53 successful passes.

Mateo Kovacic was our top dribbler with two, while Willian, Hazard and Azpilicueta completed the single take-on they each attempted. 

We have recorded three consecutive league clean sheets at the Bridge for the first time since January.

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