Analysis

The Data Day: Kovacic top passer and dribbler

The statistics from our defeat to Man United back up Frank Lampard’s observation his Chelsea team were not clinical, in contrast to our opponents…

We had 18 shots at Old Trafford, to Man United’s 11, with seven of ours on target. The hosts scored with four of their five on-target efforts. Both teams had four attempts blocked.

Emerson registered a game-high three on-target efforts, with his other shot hitting the bar.

We had 53.8 per cent possession overall, enjoying slightly more of the ball in the first half (55.4 per cent) than the second (52.1 per cent).

No player spent more time on the ball than Mateo Kovacic (7.3 per cent), although it was Cesar Azpilicueta who had the most touches (91). Kovacic recorded 87, closely followed by Emerson who had 86.

Manchester United won 63 per cent of the aerial duels contested and cleared the ball 19 times.

No player won more headers than Harry Maguire, and the centre-back also topped the list for clearances and interceptions.

Man United had the game’s best tackler, too, Aaron Wan-Bissaka winning the ball on six occasions. Azpilicueta was next with four successful tackles.

Our pass success rate was 85 per cent. We completed 442 of our 523 passes.

Emerson and Kovacic were our top passers in terms of both success rate and quantity. Kovacic completed a game-high 68 passes (out of 74) with a 92 per cent completion rate. Emerson was next in blue, finding a team-mate on 52 occasions (out of 55), with an even better success rate of 95 per cent.

Victor Lindelof (54/64) and Paul Pogba (48/62) were the hosts’ top passers.

When it came to key passes, Pedro made five, Pogba and Mason Mount four apiece, and Kovacic two.

Kovacic was also the most successful dribbler, with five take-ons completed out of five. Anthony Martial made four, and Pedro and sub Christian Pulisic three.

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