The statistics from yesterday’s win at St James’ Park include a couple of Chelsea records broken…
Jorginho's 173 attempted passes was the second-highest figure in Premier League history since records began in 2003/04. Only Ilkay Gundogan’s 174, against us in March, is higher.
In terms of passes completed, the 158 Jorginho managed is the third-highest number ever, behind Gundogan (167) and Fernandinho (171, versus Everton in March).
Our Italian international’s passing stats from yesterday were therefore the most in Chelsea’s history since records began. Prior to that, Cesc Fabregas had made the most in both departments during a 2-0 win over West Brom in November 2014. He completed 144 of his 153 passes that afternoon.
Chelsea passes attempted
Chelsea passes completed
Jorginho’s 173 passes on Tyneside came from 186 touches of the ball showing how quickly he moved it on after receiving possession.
— Key stat
As a team, we completed 838 of our 913 passes, equating to a 92 per cent pass completion rate. That is the most passes we have ever made in a Premier League game, and the 81.1 per cent share of possession we enjoyed was also the highest figure we have recorded since records began.
After Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic (96) and Eden Hazard (91) were the next highest players in terms of passes completed. The Croatian, on his full debut, made a game-high three key passes, while sub Olivier Giroud made two, one of which was in the build-up to the winning goal.
We had 15 shots, of which a third were blocked and three hit the target. Hazard had the most efforts with five.
Newcastle had six attempts, of which two were from inside the box and just two on target. Our dominance of the ball forced the Magpies into plenty of defensive work, and they made 37 clearances and 15 interceptions.
Giroud and Marcos Alonso won a joint game-high three aerial duels, and no player won the ball more times than N’Golo Kante with five. As a team we had a 90 per cent tackle success rate.
Hazard completed a joint game-high two dribbles. His converted penalty took him clear in third for Premier League goals for Chelsea (70), now ahead of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (69), and behind only Frank Lampard (147) and Didier Drogba (104).