Analysis

The Data Day: Chelsea vs Lille – Willian most shots and key passes

Our statistical look at last night’s victory highlights how influential Willian was in helping us secure the three points…

We had 20 shots, scoring with two of our nine first-half attempts. Willian had a game-high four efforts.

Overall, nine of our efforts were on target, a further six were blocked before they could test the keeper, and seven were struck from outside the box.

Frank Lampard lamented afterwards how we are conceding goals despite not giving the opposition many opportunities to score, and indeed last night Loic Remy netted with Lille’s first on-target attempt. His injury-time effort saved by Kepa was the only other one of their seven shots to test the keeper.

Remy is the seventh different player to score a Champions League goal at Stamford Bridge both for and against Chelsea, after Samuel Eto'o, Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, David Luiz, Michael Ballack and Willian.

We were dominant in possession, enjoying a 64.6 per cent share of the ball. All four of our defenders spent plenty of time on it, led by Kurt Zouma (8 per cent of the time), with Willian a standout attacking player (6.4 per cent).

The Brazilian’s 96 touches of the ball was bettered only by Cesar Azpilicueta, who had 111, while Zouma’s 96 per cent pass completion rate was, by some distance, the best figure on the pitch. He completed 80 of his 83 passes.

As a team our pass completion rate was 84 per cent compared to Lille’s 72 per cent.

Willian, Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic each played three key passes, a joint game-high figure.

Of the 26 dribbles we were successful with, Pulisic was responsible for eight and Willian seven.

On his return to the side, Toni Rudiger won a Chelsea-high three aerial duels. The only man to win more was Remy (four).

Jorginho showed his defensive worth, recording four tackles and three interceptions, as many as anyone in blue. Kante also made four tackles, while Azpilicueta was the other Chelsea player to intercept the ball three times.

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