The Data Day: Chelsea v Slavia Prague

Yesterday’s Europa League win against Slavia Prague was action-packed and the statistics from the second leg show how a number of individuals played their part in our progress to the last four…

We had nine attempts last night of which four were on target and a further three blocked. Only one of our shots was from outside the area. Four were from inside the six-yard box.

Slavia scored with three of their four on-target efforts, recording 11 shots overall. Seven were struck from outside the box including the two after the break that found the net.

The Czech side became only the fourth side to score three or more goals at Stamford Bridge in European competitions, and the first in the Europa League/UEFA Cup.

Olivier Giroud, Pedro and the visitors’ Tomas Soucek all had a joint game-high three attempts.

Giroud became the first Chelsea player to score 10 European goals in a single season. 

We had a 55.3 per cent share of possession. Andreas Christensen (6.6 per cent) and David Luiz (6.5 per cent) spent the most time on the ball. Cesar Azpilicueta had the most touches (80).

Our 85 per cent pass completion rate was marginally more than Slavia’s 81 per cent. Ross Barkley and Emerson Palmieri were the most accurate passers on the pitch, finding a team-mate 93 per cent of the time.

Christensen completed the highest number of passes for us (59), followed by Azpilicueta and David Luiz (54).

Emerson and Eden Hazard made two key passes each, joint game-high figures.

Hazard’s three successful dribbles was along with N’Golo Kante the most on the pitch. Barkley and Mateo Kovavic completed two apiece.

As well as extending his lead as the competition’s top scorer, Giroud also won five aerial duels, as many as anyone.

Kovacic was successful with a game-high six tackles - winning all six he attempted - while David Luiz cleared the ball on four occasions, more than anyone else.

We are the second Premier League side after Man City to reach 100 goals in all competitions this season – 43 of ours so far have come in cup competitions.

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