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Newcastle United 0-3 Chelsea, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis

The numbers behind the game

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Overview

A pair of stunning finishes from Reece James helped Chelsea create a three-point lead at the top of the table, with both Liverpool and Manchester City dropping points at home. After a predictably dour first half that resembled more of a shadow-training session than a competitive game, Reece channeled his inner Ivanović to swing the game in Chelsea’s favor with two unstoppable shots.

We’ve now won our last five Premier League and Champions League games by a combined margin of 17-1, getting back on track after a pair of frustrating defeats to Juventus and City. The aim now is to build on this recent form and get even better, especially in terms of creating more high-quality chances.


Match statistics

Stats are from fbref and understat.

Note: some statistics on the player charts might not corroborate with those presented in the “stats of note” sections. This is because the stats for the charts are obtained from a different source and not fbref. In most cases, the differences will be minimal.


Individual ratings

Thomas Tuchel

Navigated a potentially tricky game — Chelsea have a bad record at St. James’ Park — with consummate ease and won all three points on a day where neither of our title rivals could secure a win. While it is not, by any means, an indicator that Chelsea are title favorites, we are slowly clicking into gear.

The goals scored by Chelsea offer some food for thought. While City and Liverpool — both now and in their pomp between 2017 and 2019 — aim to score via high-quality chances, most of our game-breaking goals (goals to gain a lead or change the game-state) come via unlikely sources and from difficult angles. Once we secure a lead, our defence means we are very hard to break down. However, the goals we need to go ahead are somewhat unusual and it remains to be seen if this is sustainable.

There are shades of Chelsea 2016-17 in the way we rely on pieces of individual skill to score low-quality game-breakers before taking advantage of the game-state and our rock solid defence. Equally, Spurs last season employed a similar technique before they were exposed when their finishing fell short of the ridiculous standards they set initially. This is not to say we are a bad team by any means, but it is something to think about.

RATING: 8


Édouard Mendy — GK

Had arguably the easiest afternoon of his season, not being called into action properly at all.

RATING: 6.5


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Reece James — RWB

Continued his recent red-hot form, scoring with two expert finishes. He should have also had an assist but did not see his cross converted. Was one penalty away from being the first Premier League defender to ever score a league hat-trick.

Stats of note
2 goals
13 loose-ball recoveries - 1st
3 key passes - Joint 1st
4 shots - Joint 2nd
3 shot-creating actions - Joint 2nd
3 passes into box - Joint 2nd
8 touches in box - Joint 2nd
2 aerial duels won (3 contested) - Joint 3rd

RATING: 9


Andreas Christensen — RCB

Continued his rising trajectory in terms of ball movement, racking up excellent numbers again.

Stats of note
7 carries into final third - 1st
5 aerial duels won (8 contested) - 1st
6 clearances - Joint 1st
9 progressive passes - 2nd
17 progressive carries - 2nd
10 loose-ball recoveries - 2nd
15 passes into final third - Joint 2nd

RATING: 8


Thiago Silva — CB

Was superb in terms of stepping into midfield with the ball and defended the box exceptionally well on the rare occasions he was called into action.

Stats of note
19 progressive carries - 1st
2 interceptions - Joint 1st
6 clearances - Joint 1st
3 aerial duels won (4 contested) - 2nd
15 passes into final third - Joint 2nd
5 progressive passes - Joint 3rd
9 loose-ball recoveries - Joint 3rd

RATING: 8


Antonio Rüdiger — LCB

Had an awesome game on the ball, even more so than his fellow centre-backs. Rüdiger’s evolution from a good ball-playing defender to one of the best in the world — on both sides of the ball — has been truly beautiful.

Stats of note
17 passes into final third - 1st
4 passes into box - 1st
16 progressive passes - 1st
5 carries into final third - Joint 2nd
15 pressures - 3rd
2 aerial duels won (2 contested) - Joint 3rd

RATING: 8


Ben Chilwell — LWB

Had a quiet performance, not exploding the way Reece did. Did the basics well and linked up well with Hudson-Odoi on the left flank.

Stats of note
2 key passes - Joint 2nd
2 clearances - Joint 2nd
9 loose-ball recoveries - Joint 3rd

RATING: 6.5


N’Golo Kanté — RCM

Made some sharp penetrating runs into the box but could not do a lot of damage once he received the ball.

Stats of note
3 tackles - 1st
9 progressive passes received - 3rd
5 progressive passes - Joint 3rd
9 loose-ball recoveries - Joint 3rd

RATING: 6.5


Jorginho — LCM

Deferred ball progression duties to the centre-backs and was happy to simply keep play ticking, ensuring the team did not lag too much on the ball while attacking. His late penalty helped him set a new record in terms of penalty taking.

Stats of note
19 pressures - 1st
2 interceptions - Joint 1st
2 tackles - Joint 2nd
5 progressive passes - Joint 3rd

RATING: 7


Hakim Ziyech — RW/R-AM

Had a sub-par game, underwhelming in a creative sense — knowing how good he is when he is at his best — and struggling to make an impact in the box. Received a good chance to open the scoring but could not finish properly.

Stats of note
5 shots - 1st
2 interceptions - Joint 1st
18 pressures - 2nd
3 shot-creating actions - Joint 2nd
2 key passes - Joint 2nd

RATING: 6


Kai Havertz – CF

Did well to win the penalty leading to the third goal but could have been more decisive in the box before then. As always, his associative play was excellent. The next step for him — in order to go from one of the best youngsters in the world to one of the best players in the world — is to combine this with more consistent end product in the box.

Stats of note
10 touches in box - 1st
5 shot-creating actions - Joint 1st
2 successful dribbles (2 attempted) - 2nd
11 progressive passes received - 2nd
4 shots - Joint 2nd
2 tackles - Joint 2nd
2 clearances - Joint 2nd
2 aerial duels won (6 contested) - Joint 3rd

RATING: 6.5


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Callum Hudson-Odoi – LW/L-AM

Started the game pretty shy — not taking many risks or engaging in 1v1 duels — but became freer once the first goal was scored. While his ability to manage the team’s tempo in the final third and progress the ball is very good, he needs to come out of his shell quicker and be more of an end-product threat, especially with other attackers scheduled to return from injury soon.

Stats of note
4 successful dribbles (7 attempted) - 1st
5 carries into box - 1st
15 progressive passes received - 1st
5 shot-creating actions - Joint 1st
3 key passes - Joint 1st
3 passes into box - Joint 2nd
8 touches in box - Joint 2nd
5 carries into final third - Joint 2nd
16 progressive carries - 3rd
2 aerial duels won (3 contested) - Joint 3rd

RATING: 7.5


Substitutes

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (64th minute) – Played in a deeper role and helped the team circulate possession and sustain pressure.

Ross Barkley (64th minute) – Tried some adventurous passes, even if he could not always nail them. Made the pass from which Havertz won the penalty.

Saúl Ñíguez (88th minute) – Nothing of note.