Our statistical analysis of the first-leg victory over Slavia Prague shows a number of standout contributions including from Willian and Marcos Alonso, who combined for the only goal…
We had eight shots to Slavia’s nine, scoring with one of our two on-target efforts.
Willian and Toni Rudiger each had a joint game-high two attempts.
In the end we had a 57.1 per cent share of possession, enjoying more of the ball in the second half (60.9 per cent) than we did in the first (53.3 per cent).
Rudiger spent the most time in possession (8 per cent), while it was the matchwinner Marcos Alonso who had more touches of the ball than anyone else with 101, none more significant than his headed one four minutes from time. It was Alonso’s second successive goal in Europa League away matches.
We completed 462 of our 564 passes, equating to an 82 per cent success rate. That is one of our lower figures in that department this season.
Centre-backs Rudiger (73) and Andreas Christensen (72) made the highest number of accurate passes.
When it came to key passes, Willian led the way with three including the assist for Alonso’s header. Olivier Giroud made two.
The Frenchman also won a game-high five aerial duels.
Despite only being on the pitch for half-an-hour, Eden Hazard completed seven dribbles, over twice as many as the next players in that regard, Willian and Ross Barkley. They were successful with three each. Hazard had a 100 per cent success rate and was also fouled on five occasions.
We won 22 tackles (to Slavia’s 14) highlighting what Maurizio Sarri said after the game about our ability to suffer in times of difficulty.
Alonso won a game-high five challenges, with a 100 per cent success rate, and Azpilicueta and Mateo Kovacic three apiece.
We also recorded 27 clearances, 14 more than our opponents, with Christensen responsible for seven and Rudiger five.
Alonso’s three interceptions was bettered only by Slavia’s Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, who made four.