The key statistics from our Wembley win against Manchester United show an interesting shift in dynamic from previous encounters this season…
We had 13 shots in the game, of which seven were on target, four off target and two blocked. Eight were from inside the penalty area, including Olivier Giroud’s opener, and five were from outside the box, including Mason Mount’s strike early in the second half.
Mount scored with one of his game-high four efforts on goal, as did Giroud with one of his three attempts. Marcos Alonso also had two shots on goal, as many as any United player managed.
Giroud netted his 16th FA Cup goal, two of which have come for Chelsea in recent semi-final victories (Southampton in 2017/18 and United in 2019/20). Only Sergio Aguero has scored more goals in the competition than the Frenchman since his debut in January 2013.
United had seven attempts, one of which was blocked and three off target. Willy Caballero made two saves but was unable to keep out Bruno Fernandes’s late penalty.
United enjoyed more possession than us for the first time in four meetings this season (51.2 per cent to Chelsea’s 48.8 per cent) but were beaten on the scoreboard for the first time. Our previous possession statistics against the Red Devils were 61 per cent, 66 per cent and 54 per cent.
The possession stats differed from the first half to the second, probably in tandem with the scoreline. Before the break, we had 55 per cent of the ball compared to 43 per cent in the second half.
Chelsea made 520 passes in the game. Alonso enjoyed the most possession and most touches of the ball for the Blues – 5.9 per cent and 87 touches. Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James were next with 71 and 69 touches respectively, highlighting the importance and effectiveness of our wide play.
Of those who started the game, James had the best pass completion rate on the field (96 per cent), followed by Mount with 92 per cent. Alonso made the most passes for Chelsea with 59.
Mateo Kovacic enjoyed the most dribbles of any player on the pitch, successfully completing four of our 12 take-ons. Mount and James were next with three apiece.
We made 14 successful tackles compared to United’s nine and had a tackle success rate of 64 per cent.
Azpilicueta recorded the most individually with three, followed by Willian, James, Toni Rudiger and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, all two.
Chelsea also edged the aerial battle, winning 14 of our aerial duels with a success rate of 56 per cent. Giroud topped this count with six, winning 55 per cent of his duels in the air. Only Victor Lindelof (75 per cent) performed better.
Kovacic made the most interceptions with three, followed by a host of other Chelsea players with two.
The two sides shared six corners between them, with two of ours successfully finding a man in blue.
There were two offsides in the game, one apiece.