Analysis

The Debrief: Break puts the brake on; Werner pinpoint in possession and in front of goal

Our statistical analysis of yesterday’s draw with Southampton underlines just how effective Timo Werner was with the ball, brings to light Ben Chilwell’s heavy involvement yet again, and reinforces the manner in which the contest shifted at half-time…


Changing fortunes

Frank Lampard described the first-half showing against Southampton as being ‘as good as we’ve played this season’, and in that time we racked up nine attempts on goal, all of which were struck from inside the box.

We restricted the Saints to four efforts, of which Danny Ings’ goal just before the break was their second on target.

It was a different story after the interval, as Southampton had nine shots to our two. We scored with our only attempt on target in the second half.

From the moment they went 3-2 down until the final whistle, the visitors had six attempts, although we had restricted them to just one on target, well saved by Kepa, until they equalised in the second minute of stoppage time.

Accurate Werner

It was not only Timo Werner’s finishing that was deadly – the German also registered the highest pass completion rate (92 per cent) of those players who started the game.

As well as finding the net twice, owing much to his own good work, and setting up his compatriot Kai Havertz’s goal, Werner was also successful with a joint game-high two successful dribbles.

Confident Chilwell

We had a 53.4 per cent share of possession, with nobody spending more time on the ball for us (7.7 per cent) or having more touches (107) than Ben Chilwell.

The left-back also played a Chelsea-high four key passes, and his five aerial duels won were second only to Kurt Zouma’s nine.

Other statistical highlights

Between them, our back four won all 18 aerial duels they contested.

N’Golo Kante’s four interceptions was twice as many as anyone else managed.

Jorginho and Cesar Azpilicueta won four tackles each, bettered only by Oriol Romeu who won five.

Zouma’s nine clearances was a game-high figure.

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