Our analysis of the figures from yesterday’s hard-fought success in the local derby highlights a number of impressive individual showings…
We had 20 attempts at the Cottage of which seven were on target and eight blocked.
Gonzalo Higuain registered a game-high six efforts. Willian and Eden Hazard had five apiece. All three of those players hit the target twice, while Hazard was frustrated by a blocked shot on three occasions.
Seven of Fulham’s 12 shots were from outside the box.
We had a 63.9 per cent share of possession. In the final 25 minutes, a period Maurizio Sarri identified his team tired in, that figure dropped to 56 per cent.
On his birthday, Toni Rudiger completed 78 of his 85 passes, a game-high figure. Our starting midfielders Ross Barkley (72/76), N’Golo Kante (68/74) and Jorginho (65/72) were next in that department.
As a team we were successful with 630 of our 695 attempted passes. Fulham completed 310, almost exactly half as many as us.
When it came to key passes, those that set up a shooting chance, Higuain, Jorginho, Hazard and Barkley all recorded three. Cesar Azpilicueta’s two for Higuain in the first half included the assist for the opener.
The Belgian along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek succeeded with two dribbles each, a Chelsea-high figure. Fulham’s Tom Cairney made three.
Substitute Loftus-Cheek also won two aerial duels, the same amount as Andreas Christensen and Azpilicueta who completed the 90 minutes.
Nobody made as many successful tackles as Kante’s six. In other defensive aspects Christensen with four clearances and Azpilicueta with two interceptions stood out.
As a team we made 14 blocks (to Fulham’s 12), eight of them coming in the final half-hour. Three of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s four saves were in the last 25 minutes of the match.