The Debrief: Blues on top of everything but the scoreline

Despite dominating all the key metrics, the score that mattered most ended level at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea were held to another home draw. We take a closer look here at the key match statistics and talking points from our 1-1 stalemate with Manchester United…

The Blues were on top throughout the first half but suffered a sucker-punch early after the restart when Jadon Sancho capitalised on Jorginho’s miscontrol, raced through and slotted the ball past Edouard Mendy for the opener.

It took us 20 minutes to toil and finally restore parity after Thiago Silva was swiped down in the box and Jorginho stepped up to convert the equaliser.

The game’s other big chances fell to Callum Hudson-Odoi early on and Antonio Rudiger in the dying seconds, while Fred spurned a great opportunity after Mendy gave the ball away.

The point leaves us top heading into December and a run of 10 games in five weeks over the festive period.

Top of the shots

Thomas Tuchel’s side registered a hefty 24 shots in the game compared to just three for United, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner accounting for half of that tally between them (six each). However, our finishing was a little wayward, with just six on target, 10 off target and eight blocked.

Our xG score of 1.72 was also clearly superior to the Red Devils, with those spurned chances from Hudson-Odoi and Rudiger ultimately proving costly.

It continued a slight theme from our previous home league game, which also finished 1-1 against Burnley. Across the 180 minutes against the two teams from the north-west, we attempted 49 shots, faced just eight on our own goal and had 100 touches in the opposition’s penalty area, but picked up just two points.

Ziyech bright but blunted

No attacker on the pitch had more touches than the Moroccan, who registered more than his fellow forwards Hudson-Odoi and Werner combined (78 vs 65), while also claiming the joint-most shots and shots on target in the match.

As his touch map from the game shows, the 28-year-old produced another all-action display, also successfully completing two dribbles, but the closest he came to netting his first league goal of the season was a dipping effort that comfortably cleared David de Gea’s crossbar.

Defence build on Brazilian rock

Thiago Silva was his typically composed and powerful self at the heart of the Chelsea defence, completing the most passes on the field with 77 and winning two tackles from as many attempted. He also made a team-high three clearances, as well as one interception and one aerial duel.

Yet this most significant impact came in the opposite box as he drew a foul from Aaron Wan-Bissaka to win the penalty from which we found a route back into the game. 

It may not officially go down in the record books as an assist to join his two other goal involvements this term but his influence was no less important because of that.

It also helped us take a point from a losing position for only the third time under Tuchel. On the eight previous occasions we have fallen behind, we have lost six, drawn one and won one.

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