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Aston Villa 2-1 Chelsea, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis

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The numbers behind the game

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Overview

Chelsea wrapped up the league season with a game that offered a perfect summary of the last 24 months. The team started the game positively, creating good opportunities, before going behind to two really unfortunate goals. One of them was the result of set piece wizardry from Aston Villa and the other a penalty.

Chelsea’s response was to create half a dozen huge chances, and, as one would expect, five of them would be missed. The team’s ability to create once going down deserves a lot of praise and is something unlike what we have seen recently. This is perhaps the first time since the West Brom game in September wherein Chelsea looked capable of blasting down a parked bus once going down.

Some positives, some negatives and whole ton of questions — that’s both the Villa game and Chelsea 2019-21 in a nutshell. The 2020-21 league season has been a wild ride and all-in-all, a passable success.


Match statistics

Statistics 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. For instance, Ben Chilwell has 7 loose-ball recoveries according to fbref and 6 according to Opta. In most cases, the differences will be minimal.


Individual ratings

Thomas Tuchel

There is not much he can be blamed for. The team looked sharp after the first 20 minutes and had enough opportunities to produce a goal. Some were fluffed and some were ruined by bad decisions, neither of which are Tuchel’s fault.

The team looked great when chasing the game too, creating chance after chance and turning the screws in precise fashion. On another day, Chelsea would have scored four and we’d be praising Tuchel’s decision-making.

RATING: 7


Édouard Mendy — GK

Walked off with a concerning injury. Traore’s shot was aimed right at the crossbar and deflected in, there is nothing he could have done.

RATING: 6


César Azpilicueta — RWB

Had a pretty solid offensive performance, getting on the end of switches and turning them into the box accurately. What he lacks in terms of athleticism he compensates for with timing. A late red card soured his night.

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

RATING: 7


Reece James — RCB

Passed the ball well from the back but his ball-carrying was slightly lacking. There were occasions when he could have shown more bravery on the ball in stepping out.

Stats of note
3 tackles - Joint 1st
7 passes into final third - 2nd

RATING: 6.5


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Thiago Silva — CB

Defended the box with aplomb like he usually does but also uncharacteristically got beat in a couple of 1v1 dribbling duels.

Stats of note
3 interceptions - 1st
8 clearances - 1st
2 tackles - Joint 2nd
12 loose-ball recoveries - Joint 2nd
3 aerial duels won (7 contested) - Joint 1st

RATING: 7.5


Antonio Rüdiger — LCB

His passing was at the high levels we’ve become accustomed to seeing. Like Reece James, he frequently passed up on opportunities to carry the ball forward.

Stats of note
13 loose-ball recoveries - 1st
12 passes into final third - 1st
4 clearances - Joint 2nd

RATING: 7


Ben Chilwell — LWB

Was heavily involved in our offensive play, popping up in dangerous pockets of space. His cutbacks generally looked good and he even got on the end of two reasonably good chances, converting one of them. Not tested much defensively.

Stats of note
1 goal
5 key passes - 1st (Note: 4 according to Opta)
13 touches in box - 1st
6 shot-creating actions - Joint 1st
3 aerial duels won (5 contested) - Joint 1st
2 interceptions - 2nd
10 progressive carries - 2nd
4 shots - Joint 2nd
2 tackles - Joint 2nd
4 clearances - Joint 2nd (Note: 1 according to Opta)
9 progressive passes received - Joint 2nd

RATING: 8


Jorginho — LCM

Villa’s concession of possession suited him and he was able to circulate the ball well, especially in the early stages of the game. However, after the conceded penalty, his game noticeably declined.

Stats of note
10 progressive passes - 1st
3 passes into box - Joint 2nd

RATING: 6


Mateo Kovačić — RCM

Had a bizarre giveaway close to our own goal and generally did not look very sharp on the ball. He is clearly still feeling his way back into the game — it is pretty natural considering his fitness issues.

Stats of note
3 tackles - Joint 1st
3 carries into final third - Joint 1st
2 carries into final third - Joint 2nd
15 pressures - Joint 2nd

RATING: 6.5


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Mason Mount — R-AM/W

Had a pretty poor game overall, capped by missing two presentable chances. Mount has missed 3 big chances all season, 2 of them came in this game. He looks absolutely exhausted right now and it will require a major heave from him to finish the season on a high.

Stats of note
6 shots - 1st
6 shot-creating actions - Joint 1st
11 progressive carries - Joint 1st
3 carries into final third - Joint 1st
10 touches in box - 2nd
2 carries into penalty box - 2nd
3 key passes - Joint 2nd
3 passes into box - Joint 2nd
15 pressures - Joint 2nd
9 progressive passes received - Joint 2nd

RATING: 6


Timo Werner — CF

Missed a few good opportunities in the box, especially in the first half, but provided some threatening deliveries from out wide. It was another display where he flashed both his promise as well as his frustrating finishing.

Stats of note
3 carries into penalty box - 1st
3 key passes - Joint 2nd
9 touches in box - Joint 3rd

RATING: 6


Christian Pulisic — L-AM/W

Had a frustrating first-half but improved a lot in the second half as a wing-back. He handled most of our ball progression and did a great job at it. He is among our two best players in and around the box along with Havertz and we should do a lot better to keep him close to goal.

Stats of note
1 assist
15 progressive passes received - 1st
4 passes into box - Joint 1st
11 progressive carries - Joint 1st
3 carries into final third - Joint 1st
3 aerial duels won (5 contested) - Joint 1st
5 shot-creating actions - 2nd
9 progressive passes - Joint 2nd
12 loose-ball recoveries - Joint 2nd
6 passes into final third - 3rd
9 touches in box - Joint 3rd

RATING: 7


Substitutes

Kepa Arrizabalaga (46th minute) — Had nothing to do besides the penalty and it is mostly harsh to criticize goalkeepers for not stopping penalties.

Hakim Ziyech (60th minute) — Got involved in final-third passing, playing a crucial role for Chilwell’s goal, but was not close enough to their goal.

Kai Havertz (66th minute) — Offered a presence in and around the box that changed the way we played. Missed a good chance however.

Stats of note
3 carries into final third - Joint 1st
4 shots - Joint 2nd