Analysis

The Data Day: Kovacic most passes, touches, tackles and dribbles

Mateo Kovacic was instrumental with and without the ball according to the statistics from Saturday’s win over Burnley…

We had a 63.3 per cent share of possession at Turf Moor. Mateo Kovacic (9.2 per cent) and Jorginho (8.8 per cent) spent the most time on the ball, helping control the tempo in midfield.

That pair were also responsible for the most accurate passes (Kovacic 96, Jorginho 93) and the most touches (Kovacic 130, Jorginho 104).

Of those players who started the game, Jorginho’s 94 per cent pass completion rate was bettered only by Burnley’s Dwight McNeil (96 per cent).

As a team we completed 589 of our 691 passes.

Alongside his impressive passing stats, Kovacic also recorded three successful take-ons, again a figure only McNeil (with six) topped.

The Croatian also won a joint game-high four tackles (out of four), the same number as Cesar Azpilicueta managed.

We are the first team in Premier League history to have two different hat-trick scorers in a single campaign aged 21 or under.

Christian Pulisic was responsible for five of our 16 efforts, with our other goalscorer Willian attempting four, and Mason Mount next with three.

We scored with four of our seven on-target attempts. A further seven strikes were blocked by a Burnley player.

Burnley had 13 shots, of which five were on target.

As well as scoring the goals, Pulisic and Willian registered a joint game-high three key passes each.

In the face of aerial pressure from the home side, Kurt Zouma stepped up to the challenge and won a game-high five aerial duels. Tammy Abraham won four of the six he contested.

Zouma also made seven clearances, two more than his centre-back partner Fikayo Tomori. Marcos Alonso’s three interceptions was a Chelsea-high figure.

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