Analysis

The Data Day: Route to goal blocked

The statistics from last night’s stalemate highlight Southampton’s dogged defending and our struggle to create clear chances…

Southampton blocked nine of our 17 attempts. Of the remaining eight, six were on target. Ten of our attempts struck from outside the area.

The visitors attempted 45 tackles (winning 21), completed 25 interceptions and cleared the ball 41 times. They made 31 blocks, 22 of them cutting out crosses.

Looking at the individual figures for shots, Eden Hazard and Marcos Alonso had a joint game-high four each. Alvaro Morata and David Luiz had three, with Hazard and Morata each testing Angus Gunn in the Saints goal twice.

One of Southampton’s six attempts was from inside the box.

We had a 71.7 per cent share of possession and an 85 per cent pass success rate.

Of the 747 passes we attempted, 23 were crosses, 10 were through balls, and 13 were deemed key passes. Hazard made a game-high four of those. We attempted 51 long balls, just under 15 per cent of the total figure.

Toni Rudiger completed a game-high 104 passes, and the German was followed in that department by Jorginho (85), David Luiz (81), and Cesar Azpilicueta (70). Rudiger’s pass completion rate of 94 per cent was also the highest on the pitch.

N’Golo Kante was our top dribbler with five, followed by Hazard, Alonso and Jorginho, who each completed four. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who replaced Willian in the first half, was successful with three.

Jorginho was our top tackler, winning the ball four times.

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