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THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V BOURNEMOUTH

Our statistical breakdown of Saturday’s game shows how Chelsea’s dominance in all areas of the pitch was rewarded with two late goals…

Having had 81.1 per cent of the ball in our 2-1 win at St James’ Park last weekend, the Blues again controlled the lion’s share of possession as we overcame Bournemouth 2-0, this time registering 72.7 per cent.

We had 24 shots on goal, compared to the Cherries’ eight, with six of our efforts on target. Mateo Kovacic had more shots than any other player, going for goal six times. Kovacic also made a game high four tackles. Our overall tackle success was 88 per cent.
 

Marcos Alonso was second in terms of shots on goal with five and could count himself unlucky not to get on the scoresheet when he hit the post at the end of the first half. He was also denied by a smart save from Asmir Begovic after the break. The Spaniard drew praise from Maurizio Sarri for the quality of his attacking play and he produced the assist for Eden Hazard’s victory-clinching strike.

Hazard continued his knack of finding the back of the net against Bournemouth. This was his sixth goal against them and he has scored in all five of our Premier League victories over the Cherries. No player has been involved in more Premier League goals this season than the Belgian (four – two goals, two assists) and he also attempted the most dribbles in the match, taking on his opponents eight times.

Pedro also continued his fine start to the season, netting his third of the campaign shortly after coming off the bench. That is more goals than in his previous 23 matches in the Premier League.
 

We had 892 touches of the ball in comparison to Bournemouth’s 457, and had an 87 per cent pass success rate, with the visitors recording 70 per cent. The total number of passes made by Chelsea was 704 and the top five passers in the game all wore a blue shirt. David Luiz headed that list with 101, closely followed by his central-defensive partner Toni Rudiger on 96.

The Blues made it four wins from our first four Premier League games for the sixth time, and this is the first occasion since 2014/15. Sarri is now the sixth manager to win his opening four matches in the competition, after Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, Pep Guardiola and Craig Shakespeare.
 

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