Collective contributions

As the Blues marked our return to the Champions League with a comfortable 6-0 win over Azerbaijan side Qarabag at Stamford Bridge last night, it was interesting to note that every one of our goals was scored by a different player.

Wing-back Davide Zappacosta and defender Cesar Azpilicueta were both on target, as was midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. Further forward, Pedro and Michy Batshuayi scored their first goals of the season.

Antonio Conte will be delighted he has players in every position capable of chipping in with important strikes, and it’s been a theme of our season just five matches in.

Including the Community Shield, the Blues have scored 15 goals already, with 11 of our players finding the target. Only Alvaro Morata, with three, and Marcos Alonso, with two, have netted more than one, with the scoring against Qarabag completed by an own-goal.

In terms of the positions on the pitch from which those goals were scored, defenders David Luiz, who volleyed home our second against Burnley on the opening day, and Azpilicueta, are off the mark.

Four goals have been scored from the wing-back position, with Victor Moses breaking the deadlock at Wembley against Arsenal, Alonso netting a brace at the same stadium in our win over Tottenham and Zappacosta making it 2-0 on his full debut last night.

"It was my dream. I don’t know if it was a cross or a shot but the most important thing is that it was a goal." - Zappacosta on Chelsea TV


Of our midfielders, Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring in the 2-0 win against Everton, N’Golo Kante hit what proved to be the winner at Leicester on Saturday and Bakayoko made it 4-0 after coming off the bench against Qarabag, his first for the club.

In attack, Morata has scored three in four appearances and both Pedro and Batshuayi are now off the mark.

After the same number of matches last season, five in the Premier League and one in the League Cup, we had scored 13 goals, with five separate players on target.

Of those, however, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, Victor Moses and Batshuayi had all scored more than one each.

Azpilicueta’s defensive qualities and versatility are widely recognised, but this season the Spaniard has had a big impact at the other end of the pitch.

His header last night, scored from a sublime Fabregas cross, was his first goal of the season, but the graphic below illustrates just how big a role he has played going forward of late.

Last night's result equalled our biggest win in the competition, which was set in 2014 against Maribor, as well as ensuring our impressive scoring form at home at this stage of the competition continued.