Analysis

The Data Day: Chelsea v Watford

Our statistical analysis of Chelsea's win over Watford yesterday shows certain areas in which we improved after the break contributing to an excellent second half...

We had 19 shots in total, 14 of them after the break, and 16 from inside the box.

Pedro registered a joint game-high four shots. Gonzalo Higuain, his replacement Olivier Giroud and Eden Hazard had three.

We scored with both of our headed efforts on goal.

Watford had 15 shots, three of which were on target, and five from outside the box.

We won 25 tackles (to Watford’s 14) and 17 of those were after the interval.

Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek won five tackles apiece. Cesar Azpilicueta won all three he went in for.

The Spaniard also made eight clearances, more than anyone else, while Loftus-Cheek’s four interceptions was a game-high figure.


Overall we won 53 per cent of the aerial duels contested, although Watford had been ahead in that department before half-time. Troy Deeney’s 10 successes in the air were more than twice as many as the next players, Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta, who won four.

We enjoyed a 58.5 per cent share of possession. Nobody spent more time on the ball than Jorginho (7.6 per cent).

The midfielder also had 88 touches and made a joint-high 60 successful passes, the same number as Mateo Kovacic.

Loftus-Cheek’s 93 per cent pass completion rate was the highest figure recorded by a Chelsea player. He misplaced just four of his 59 passes.

As a team our pass completion was 85 per cent. We were successful with 457 of our 540 passes.

Hazard recorded six key passes, including the assists for our first two goals. Jorginho made three.

The Belgian also completed six dribbles. He was closely followed by Loftus-Cheek who made five.

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