Analysis

Key statistics from Dynamo Kiev v Chelsea

The key numbers from our big Europa League victory away to Dynamo Kiev highlight the many noteworthy individual contributions that together formed a brilliant Blues performance…

Olivier Giroud was the star man and he scored with exactly half of his six attempts, not surprisingly a game-high figure. Marcos Alonso had three efforts, two on target, and netted for the first time since his winner against Arsenal in August.

We scored with five of our eight on-target efforts on goal and had 14 attempts overall.

We had a 62.6 per cent share of possession and completed 557 successful passes out of 624, equating to an 89 per cent success rate.

Toni Rudiger completed the most passes of anyone in a Chelsea shirt (89), followed by Andreas Christensen (77) and Marcos Alonso (65). Rudiger also had a game-high 108 touches of the ball.

Willian, who captained last night, made five key passes, more than twice as many as the next three players, Giroud, Alonso and Callum Hudson-Odoi. They each made two.

Willian’s set-piece for Giroud’s hat-trick goal was his sixth assist in the Europa League this term, which ranks him second in the competition for assists.


Of the seven corners we delivered, five found a man in blue (71 per cent), including for the opening goal when Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s downward header fell to Giroud. Our third goal also stemmed from a Chelsea corner.

Loftus-Cheek recorded a game-high six successful dribbles. He was followed closely in that department by wingers Willian (five) and Hudson-Odoi (four).

When it came to aerial duels, Giroud and Andreas Christensen won two each. The Danish defender also made three clearances and two interceptions, both Chelsea-high figures.

Mateo Kovacic was our top tackler, winning all five of the challenges he went in for.

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