The Data Day: Chelsea v Barcelona

The figures from last night’s game further highlight the impact made by Willian on an entertaining evening at Stamford Bridge…

Barcelona may have had 73 per cent possession but we mustered more shots on goal than them, with two of our 11 efforts hitting the target and a further two, from Willian, striking woodwork. They had seven attempts of which two were on target.

Unsurprisingly Willian had a game-high four attempts, and he has now scored six of his nine Champions League goals for us from outside the box. No player has scored more in the competition from that range since he joined Chelsea in 2013.

We completed 244 passes to Barcelona’s 803, although we made almost twice as many ‘key passes’ (nine to their five), with Willian responsible for four and Eden Hazard three.

Willian was also the game’s top dribbler, completing six successful take-ons, and Hazard was hot on his heels with four.

For the visitors, Paulinho and Luis Suarez were both successful with three dribbles. Messi completed one of his five attempted dribbles and overall he was dispossessed on six occasions, twice as many times as any other player on the pitch.

Willian’s impact was felt in other aspects of the game as the Brazilian won two aerial duels, more than anyone else in our team.

When it came to tackling, Victor Moses (five) and Andreas Christensen (four) both ranked highly, and our overall tackle success rate was an impressive 72 per cent. Barca’s was 58 per cent.

Antonio Rudiger’s four clearances was a figure only bettered by Gerard Pique’s six.

Cesar Azpilicueta made a game-high six interceptions and our two central midfielders were next in that department, with N’Golo Kante making four and Cesc Fabregas three. As a team we made 22 as we continually tried to cut Barca’s supply lines off.