Analysis

The Data Day: Chelsea vs Norwich

The statistics from last night’s victory over Norwich show that while the margin of victory was narrow, our dominance of the ball and shot count was absolute…


We had 22 shots last night, of which six were on target, 12 off target and four blocked. Eighteen were from inside the penalty area, and 17 stemmed from open play. Nine were headed attempts.

Olivier Giroud scored with one of his eight efforts on goal. Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic had three attempts apiece.

Since his Premier League debut in August 2012, Olivier Giroud has scored 31 headed goals, five more than any other player in that time.
 

Of the Chelsea outfielders who started last night, only Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho didn’t have a shot.

Norwich had two efforts on goal, both of which were blocked.

We enjoyed two-thirds of the possession (67.7 per cent) and recorded an 89 per cent pass success rate.

After our two centre-backs, Jorginho spent the most time on the ball (8.2 per cent), with Willian also ranking highly in that department (6.9 per cent).

When it came to passes completed, Toni Rudiger (119) was followed by Kurt Zouma (106), Jorginho (90), Cesar Azpilicueta (71) and Kovacic (63).

Zouma (96 per cent) and Kovacic (94 per cent) were our most accurate passers, although completion rates were high across the board.

Of the 17 key passes recorded, Willian made a game-high seven. The full-backs Azpilicueta (four) and Marcos Alonso (three) were next.


Both teams completed 12 take-ons, with three Norwich players leading the way. Five Blues registered two successful dribbles, including midfielders Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley, left-back Alonso and winger Pulisic.

We edged the aerial battle, winning 57 per cent of the 35 duels contested. Giroud came out on top of a game-high six.

Nobody bettered Rudiger’s four interceptions, nor Azpilicueta’s four tackles won. The skipper also made three interceptions and three clearances.

Six of our eight corners found a Chelsea player.

There was a solitary offside in the game, the Canaries' Josip Drmic caught ahead of the last defender. 

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