The statistics from last night’s draw in the Mestalla highlight just how evenly matched the two teams were, with a couple of Chelsea individuals standing out…
Valencia had 18 shots; we had 16. Fifteen of their attempts came after the interval, in contrast to 10 of ours which were before it.
Both teams had six on-target efforts, with the first two goalscorers Carlos Soler and Mateo Kovacic registering a joint-high two apiece.
Astonishingly, both teams made exactly 449 passes, with two more of ours (375 to 373) finding a team-mate.
We just about shaded the possession with a 50.2 per cent share of the ball, although that figure was 61 per cent in the first half, showing how Valencia came on strong in search of an equaliser.
On his second Champions League start Reece James was heavily involved, spending 6.2 per cent of the game on the ball, the most of anyone in blue.
Only Daniel Parejo (103) and Kovacic (87) had more touches than James’s 78, and the young defender also made two key passes.
James was our top tackler with four successful challenges. Cesar Azpilicueta won three, and Kovacic and Jorginho two each.
Kovacic was the most accurate passer on the pitch, finding a team-mate 95 per cent of the time. His 55 accurate passes was a Chelsea-high figure.
We were successful with 17 dribbles at an impressive 85 per cent completion rate, showing our willingness to take on an opponent and our quality to get the better of them. Kovacic did so a game-high five times, followed by Christian Pulisic (four) and Willian (three).
Four of Valencia’s five successful dribbles came in the final third of the game as legs tired.
Both teams won exactly 17 aerial duels. Nobody was more successful in the air for us than Andreas Christensen, winning four duels. Kurt Zouma and James won three each.
Zouma’s five clearances and two interceptions were both Chelsea-high figures.