Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis


Chelsea started the 2021-22 Premier League season with a comfortable win over Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace. The team cruised to a win without getting out of first gear on the back of goals from Marcos Alonso, Christian Pulisic and Trevoh Chalobah.

The start of the game was reminiscent of league games from late last season: healthy amounts of possession of shots but not enough of either from threatening positions. It took a free-kick from Alonso to break the game — the sort of individual brilliance we lacked last season — and from thereon the game was largely won on auto-pilot.

Considering the team did not have five potential starters, there is not much to complain about in terms of the performance or result. Bigger tests await but we will be equipped.

Match statistics

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis
Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis

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, Jorginho has 9 loose-ball recoveries according to fbref and 6 according to Opta. In most cases, the differences will be minimal.

Individual ratings

Could not have asked for a much gentler beginning to the league season than this game. Vieira was outclassed and even a change to a back three in the middle of the game did not bear much fruit.

The starting XI had no Ziyech, Kanté and Havertz due to injury or fatigue from the Super Cup. The team did not miss a beat despite being without three important players — and the two starting wing-backs — and that is a testament to the quality present.

RATING: 7.5

Édouard Mendy — GK

Did not have much to do all game, either in the way of stopping shots and preventing crosses.

RATING: 6

César Azpilicueta — RWB

Made a few smart passes to find Mount down the line and held his end of the ship steadily. His sense of timing generally makes up for his lack of dynamism in games like these.

Stats of note4 passes into box - 1st10 progressive passes - 1st4 tackles - 2nd11 progressive carries - 2nd

2 carries into final third - Joint 3rd

RATING: 7.5

Trevoh Chalobah — RCB

Looked absolutely at ease against the nimble Mateta as well and the bulkier Benteke. Quick to sense danger, strong in winning duels and terrific on the ball. Capped it off with a great goal too.

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis

Stats of note1 goal16 passes into final third - 1st3 clearances - 2nd

7 loose-ball recoveries - 3rd

RATING: 8

Andreas Christensen — CB

Started right where he left off last season. He has a legitimate claim to be the starter now rather than Thiago Silva (or Azpilicueta) deputy.

Stats of note3 interceptions - 1st2 aerial duels won (6 contested) - Joint 1st2 clearances - 3rd

5 progressive passes - Joint 3rd

RATING: 7.5

Antonio Rüdiger — LCB

As always, he had a no-nonsense display off the ball and an understated one on it. Having three tall and athletic defenders who are all comfortable on the ball was a major reason why Chelsea nullified Crystal Palace.

Stats of note4 clearances - 1st2 aerial duels won (4 contested) - Joint 1st8 passes into final third - 3rd5 progressive passes - Joint 3rd

2 carries into final third - Joint 3rd

RATING: 8

Marcos Alonso — LWB

Scored a peach of a free-kick and looked very involved in attack. Did very well to get the ball into dangerous zones, even if they were not always converted.

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis

Stats of note1 goal3 shots - Joint 1st2 aerial duels won (3 contested) - Joint 1st3 passes into box - Joint 2nd3 tackles - 3rd10 progressive carries - 3rd7 progressive passes received - 3rd3 shot-creating actions - Joint 3rd

2 carries into final third - Joint 3rd

RATING: 8.5

Jorginho — RCM

His confidence is at an all-time high after his recent European successes. His ball-progression was outstanding and he was in the right spots to make tackles. One pass — a perfectly timed long pass with his weaker foot — encapsulated his current confidence and form.

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis

Stats of note5 tackles - 1st33 pressures - 1st9 loose-ball recoveries - 1st4 shot-creating actions - 2nd9 passes into final third - 2nd8 progressive passes - 2nd2 interceptions - 2nd3 carries into final third - 2nd

3 passes into box - Joint 2nd (4 according to Opta)

RATING: 8

Mateo Kovačić — LCM

Started scratchily, making a few poor decisions either side on the ball. Grew into the game after Alonso’s opener and soon imposed his will on the game.

Stats of note1 assist12 progressive carries - 1st6 carries into final third - 1st8 loose-ball recoveries - 2nd2 shots - Joint 2nd23 pressures - 3rd

3 shot-creating actions - Joint 3rd

RATING: 7

Mason Mount — R-AM/W

Created good opportunities in the first-half — two cutbacks for Werner and Pulisic being the standout moments — but faded out of the game after half-time. Can, and will, do better in the future.

Stats of note5 shot-creating actions - 1st3 shots - Joint 1st8 progressive passes received - 2nd3 passes into box - Joint 2nd

4 touches in box - 3rd

RATING: 6.5

Timo Werner — CF

Worked hard as always but the execution simply was not there.

Stats of note10 touches in box - 1st

9 progressive passes received - 1st

RATING: 6

Chelsea 3-0 Crystal Palace, Premier League: Statistical Review and Analysis

Christian Pulisic — L-AM/W

After a frustrating start to the game dotted with unsuccessful risks, Pulisic grabbed a goal thanks to some very smart movement in the box. Looked more composed after the goal and moved the ball better.

Stats of note1 goal3 successful dribbles (4 attempted) - 1st29 pressures - 2nd6 touches in box - 2nd

2 shots - Joint 2nd

RATING: 7

Substitutes

Reece James (67th minute) — Was brought on to offer some rest to Azpilicueta and looked sleeker and faster than before.

Stats of note
4 clearances - Joint 2nd

RATING: 7.5

Kai Havertz (82nd minute) — Looked smooth but did not convert that into danger.

Stats of note2nd shot-creating actions - Joint 2nd5 passes under pressure - Joint 3rd2 touches in penalty box - Joint 3rd

2 aerial duels won (4 contested) - Joint 3rd

Emerson Palmeiri (86th minute) — Nothing of note.