Article published on 2016-10-06 by ChelseaStats in The Statszone.
Chelsea changed things around against Hull and we use @statszone to look at the numbers behind our 2-0 win over the Tigers.
Three at the back, with Azpilicueta as the right-sided centre back, Alonso and Moses as the wing-backs. The third centre-back in previous games has been Kante as he often dropped deep between the centre-backs to link up play. Willian and Hazard were part of a 3-man attack but were slightly withdrawn from Costa.
Diego Costa was key, working very hard for the team and finished his opportunity well. Costa recovered the ball 5 times to begin attacks. He attempted 9 take-ons more than anyone else on the pitch.
Costa now has six goals in his last seven games.
A more advance Kante also helped – rather than playing as a Makelele he was, and rightly so, allowed to run about a bit. Being in a more advanced role allowed him to complete 30 final third passes – no player on the pitch completed more, tying with Eden Hazard.
The result was 17 chances created including 4 from left wing back Alonso. What is significantly pleasing is the number of chances in the central area (the width of the goal) within 25 yards of goal.
Chelsea should have won the game far more comfortably.