Analysis

The Data Day: Dominant Rudiger

There were a couple of standout performers at either end of the pitch according to the statistics from yesterday’s win at Brighton…

We had a 58 per cent share of possession, and were successful with 88 per cent of the passes we attempted.

Of those players who started the game, Jorginho had the best pass completion rate (93 per cent) followed by Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante (both 91 per cent). Rudiger had the most touches in the game (100) followed by Jorginho (96).

That pair also led the way for successful passes. The German defender topped the list with 81, and was followed by Jorginho (76) and David Luiz (70).

When it came to key passes, Willian and Eden Hazard registered a game-high three apiece.

It was not only Rudiger’s passing stats that were impressive; he also won a game-high four aerial duels with an 80 per cent success rate.

Cesar Azpilicueta meanwhile was behind only Brighton’s Bernardo when it came to successful tackles, winning the ball on five occasions.

The Spaniard also made three clearances, more than any other Chelsea player. Jorginho led the way for us in terms of interceptions with three.

We had 10 shots yesterday and scored with two of our three on-target efforts. We didn’t test Mat Ryan in the second half, although Marcos Alonso did strike the woodwork in that time.

The left-back had two attempts, as did our scorers Pedro and Hazard.

Before his withdrawal, Hazard was successful with three dribbles. That was a figure bettered only by Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who made four during his 25 minutes on the pitch.

Brighton committed 14 fouls to our six. Hazard and Mateo Kovacic were illegally halted on three occasions.

Hazard is one of two players in Europe’s top five leagues to have scored and assisted eight or more league goals this season. The other is Lionel Messi.

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