STATS: Chelsea vs Aston Villa – 2010 vs 2011

A key difference between our 7-1 victory over Aston Villa last season and our 3-3 draw this season is in the passing.

Chelsea statistics

- This season our passing completion rate was 79%.
- Last season our passing completion rate was 82%.
- Last season we completed 56 more passes, which works out at an extra 0.62 passes per minute.

Looking at one of our key passers of the ball, Frank Lampard, we could also see a marked decline.

Chelsea statistics

- This season his passing completion rate was 72%.
- Last season his passing completion rate was 77%.
- Last season he completed 12 more passes, which works out at 0.51 passes per minute, compared to the 0.37 passes per minute this season.

Another interesting comparison is between John Obi Mikel’s passing from last season with Michael Essien’s passing this season.

Chelsea statistics

- Essien had an impressive completion rate of 88% which is still not quite as impressive as Mikel’s 91%.
- Mikel completed 16 more passes than Essien, which works out at 0.79 passes per minute compared to Essien’s 0.61 passes per minute.

Another key area where we struggled in this season’s game compared to last is our ability to win the ball.

Chelsea statistics

- This season our tackling completion rate was 53%.
- Last season our tackling completion rate was 61%.

Conclusion
Not only was our passing more accurate in the game last season, we passed the ball around more too. When you look at the key areas in midfield, Lampard’s game was better last season and when partnered with Mikel, the pair completed more passes than he did when with Essien. Also, our ability to win the ball was far superior last season, with us losing the ball less and winning the ball back more often. If we can’t dominate possession and hold on to possession in the midfield, then we are not in control of the game.

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4 Responses to “STATS: Chelsea vs Aston Villa – 2010 vs 2011”

  1. Yup, 3% better passing over last year was the difference.

  2. complete lack of drive, commitment and passion from every player bar Terry also doesn’t help

  3. i agree with dave. lets not find problems where none exist. its more the lack of commitment and confidence the entire team is suffering from.

  4. Dave – There are 4 separate points being made here. If the only point being made was the difference in completion rate then your sarcastic and dismissive comment would hold some weight but this is about the NUMBER of passes, not just completion rate. Also, the midfield is where the game is lost and won. Lampard was considerably less effective in this game than in last, Essien was considerably less effective in this game than Mikel was in the last. Finally, we lost the ball far more than we did last season and we won the ball far less than we did last season.

    So, very obviously, this isn’t just about the 3% difference in completion rate.