Analysis

The Data Day: Dangerous Hudson-Odoi and free-kick special

Callum Hudson-Odoi was statistically impressive in last night’s draw in Hungary, and we also have information on multiple set-piece scorers…

We had 18 shots, three times as many as our opponents. Five were on target and six were blocked.

Olivier Giroud’s brilliant free-kick was one of four efforts he had. Alvaro Morata, our other scorer Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi recorded three each.

Willian’s goal was his 10th direct free-kick for Chelsea.

Hudson-Odoi showed no fear running at the Vidi defence, and he was successful with a game-high five dribbles out of the seven he attempted. Willian and Emerson beat their man on three occasions.

Hudson-Odoi also made a game-high four key passes, followed by Willian who registered three.

As a team we completed 618 of the 685 passes we attempted - that is a 90 per cent completion rate.

Cesc Fabregas made 108 accurate passes, by some distance the most of anyone on the pitch and almost as many as the whole Vidi team, who completed 145 between them.

The captain on the night was followed in the successful passing department by Ethan Ampadu (74), Ross Barkley (73) and Andreas Christensen (68).

The possession split was 76 per cent in our favour.

Vidi defended determinedly and they won 14 of the 21 aeriel duels contested. Considering they were on the back foot for much of the night it is no surprise they also made more clearances, tackles and interceptions than us.

Barkley with four was our top tackler, while left-back Emerson Palmieri made the same number of interceptions, the most of any Chelsea player.

We scored two direct free-kicks in the same game for the first time since January 2009, when Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard netted from a set-piece in a 3-1 FA Cup win over Ipswich at Stamford Bridge.

The last top-flight English team to score twice from a free-kick in the same game was when West Ham managed it against Bournemouth in January 2016.

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