Analysis

The Debrief: All-round Havertz and the wizardry of Ziyech

Our forensic look at the statistics from last night’s victory away to Krasnodar brings to light the impact Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech had on our attacking play…


The Wizard of London

On his first Chelsea start, Ziyech was a star performer for us. Deployed in the right-sided position where he caused such carnage during his successful time at Ajax, the Moroccan was a regular menace either hugging the flank or when drifting inside off the touchline to find space between the lines.

His willingness to get in or just outside the box is highlighted by his game-high figures for shots and shots on target.

His 58 touches were more than any other Chelsea attacker, and only a couple fewer than our central midfielders Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic. The fact 47 per cent of our attacks came down the right-hand side of the pitch highlights just how keen we were as a team to get Ziyech the ball.

And although he didn’t register an assist, he was involved in the moves for our first two goals before scoring the third shortly before his withdrawal. It capped off a super night’s work.

Havertz heavily involved

In the no.10 role between Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi, Havertz had a major influence on proceedings.

He recorded game-high figures for key passes, successful dribbles (the same number as Hudson-Odoi and Kovacic managed) and aerial duels. He was also willing to play his part defensively, and he picked up his third assist of the campaign to accompany the four goals he has netted thus far.


Collective threat

Ziyech and Pulisic’s goals mean we have already had 13 different scorers this season, more than any other Premier League team. It is a figure that will delight Frank Lampard, who regularly last season called for more goals from different parts of the pitch.

In Krasnodar, seven different players tried their luck at least once, including each of the six starting midfielders and attackers. That group also won at least one tackle apiece, testament to our collective defensive will and ‘desire’ for a clean sheet, as Lampard put it afterwards.

We enjoyed a 70.8 per cent share of possession against the Russian side, and completed 88 per cent of our passes, with 604 of our 685 passes finding a team-mate.

We had 16 shots in total, with 13 of those inside the box. Although Krasnodar had 13 attempts of their own, over half were from range as we limited their danger inside the penalty area.

Kurt Zouma won four aerial duels and recorded a game-high seven clearances, with nobody matching Cesar Azpilicueta's four tackles won. 

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