We take a look at the numbers from our Europa League win over Malmo with plenty of positive displays all over the pitch…
We had 11 shots last night of which six were on target and four blocked. Ross Barkley attempted the most with four, followed by another of our goalscorers Olivier Giroud, who had three. The French striker has now netted in five straight Europa League matches.
Six of our efforts were from inside the box and nine stemmed from open-play moves.
None of Malmo’s six shots were on target.
We enjoyed a 72.3 per cent share of possession and completed 88 per cent of our 710 passes.
Mateo Kovacic was our most successful passer, with 92 of his 95 passes finding a team-mate, equating to an impressive 97 per cent completion rate.
Our next most accurate passer was Emerson Palmieri who made 87 successful passes. The left-back also spent more time in possession than anyone else on the pitch.
When it came to key passes, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi made a joint game-high three apiece.
On top of his goal, Hudson-Odoi was also successful with nine take-ons, more than twice as many as the next player in that regard, Kovacic.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek completed three dribbles during his 15 minutes on the pitch.
Andreas Christensen and Toni Rudiger were solid at the back and they won five and four aerial duels respectively. Further upfield Giroud won four.
Focusing on the defensive side of the game, N’Golo Kante proved predictably effective at winning the ball back, making three tackles (with a 100 per cent success rate) and four interceptions, ranking highest of anyone on the pitch for both categories.
Christensen’s three clearances was the most recorded by a Chelsea player.
Since the start of the 2015/16 season, Chelsea have scored 20 direct free-kicks in all competitions, six more than any other Premier League team in that time.
The victory was our sixth straight success at home in the Europa League, dating back to 2013, with the Blues scoring at least three goals in each of those wins.