Our analysis of the statistics from yesterday’s win over Sheffield Wednesday shows the influence Mateo Kovacic had on proceedings…
Three out of our 12 efforts were on target and we scored with each of them. Of the remaining nine, seven were off target and two were blocked.
Sheffield Wednesday didn’t have a shot on target after the second minute.
Gonzalo Higuain and Willian had a joint game-high three attempts.
We had a 79.4 per cent share of possession and touched the ball over 1000 times, nobody more than Kovacic (139 touches).
Our passing success rate, of 861 passes attempted, was an impressive 91 per cent.
Of those who started the game, Kovacic led the way, finding a team-mate 97 per cent of the time. He completed 118 passes, narrowly ahead of the next players in that department, our centre-back pairing Andreas Christensen (117) and Toni Rudiger (105).
Kovacic also recorded a game-high three key passes. Willian and Christensen made two apiece.
The Croatian completed five dribbles out of five, more than everyone else except Callum Hudson-Odoi, was also made five.
Our overall dribble success rate was a high 83 per cent.
Not only did Willian score twice but he also won four tackles, the most of anyone in blue. Christensen and Hudson-Odoi won two.
Since his first appearance in the competition in 2014, only Olivier Giroud, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku (all 13) have scored more FA Cup goals than Willian. Ten of the Brazilian’s 51 Chelsea goals have come in his 22 games in the competition.