The statistics from our Champions League thriller with Ajax throw up a couple of quirks and highlight the impact of Jorginho on proceedings, beyond his coolly-taken penalties…
Of our 23 shots last night, nine were on target, nine off and five blocked. We had two shots in the first half, and 15 in the final half-hour.
By the time two of their players were sent off, Ajax had had two efforts on target, scoring with both. When they had nine men, they had three shots on targets, one more than we managed in the same timeframe.
Tammy Abraham had eight attempts, twice as many as anyone else. Three were on target. Jorginho scored with two of his four shots.
It was the first time ever we have conceded three goals in the first half of a Champions League game, and only the third time we have conceded four goals or more in a Champions League fixture.
Up until the red cards, Ajax shaded the possession (50.2 per cent). Thereafter we had 68.2 per cent of the ball, meaning the overall possession stats read were 53.8 per cent in our favour.
Jorginho spent the most time on the ball (7.8 per cent) and had the most touches (78).
Our pass completion rate was 82 per cent, compared to Ajax’s 71 per cent, although the visitors’ figure was affected by the red cards. They were successful with 48 per cent of their passes when they had nine men.
Jorginho made the most successful passes (57) on the pitch and, of those players who started the game, enjoyed the best completion rate (92 per cent).
When it came to key passes - those that set up a shot - Willian made a game-high four. Abraham was next with three.
Mateo Kovacic made two key passes and his eight successful dribbles was by some distance a game-high figure.
Kurt Zouma beat a man on five occasions, four of which came during that sensational run at the start of the second half.
As a team we won two-thirds of the aerial duels contested, Abraham topping the list with seven.
Looking at the defensive stats, Fikayo Tomori recorded five tackles and two interceptions.
Abraham made a game-high five clearances, and like Tomori, Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho intercepted the ball twice. That was a joint-high figure.