The Data Day: Cardiff v Chelsea

We take a look at the key statistics from Chelsea’s victory over Cardiff in the Premier League yesterday...

Of our 21 shots at the Cardiff City Stadium, nine were off target, a further nine blocked, and 10 struck from outside the box.

We scored with two of our three on-target attempts. Overall we had 15 efforts after Cardiff took the lead.

Willian registered a game-high five shots, and his six key passes was the most of anyone too, one more than Marcos Alonso’s five.

We had a 71.2 per cent share of possession, with Toni Rudiger on the ball the most (10.2 per cent of the time). His 78 successful passes was 30 more than the next player, Ross Barkley.

We completed 494 out of 592 passes, equating to an 83 per cent success rate. Less than a third were played into the attacking third.

In contrast, of Cardiff’s 238 passes almost half were played into the final third of the pitch.

Eden Hazard made an impact off the bench and his three successful dribbles (out of seven attempted) was a joint game-high figure along with Willian and Cardiff’s Josh Murphy.

We won 24 aeriel duels out of the 45 contested. Sean Morrison led the way in that department with eight, but was closely followed by Alonso (seven) and David Luiz (six) as we looked to match Cardiff’s physical power.

Our centre-backs David Luiz and Rudiger won each 75 per cent of the aerial duels they contested.

Cardiff were not afraid to get stuck in and their two central midfielders, Harry Arter and Aron Gunnarsson, won 15 tackles between them. They were also both booked having each been beaten on five occasions.

For us Cesar Azpilicueta won three out of three tackles he went in for.

David Luiz’s six clearances was bettered only by Morrison’s nine, while Jorginho made six interceptions, two more than anyone else.

We have now won all four Premier League games we have played against Cardiff despite conceding the first goal. Our two come-from-behind wins in the league this season have both been against the Bluebirds. 

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