The Data Day: Southampton v Chelsea

We take a statistical look at our victory at St Mary’s, including some of the differences between the two halves…

We had 17 shots on Saturday, 10 of which were in the second half. All five of our on-target efforts came after the interval.

Olivier Giroud scored with both of his attempts and Eden Hazard with one of his three.

Southampton hit the target with seven of their 10 efforts.

We had a 58 per cent share of possession and an 81 per cent pass completion rate, successful with 420 of our 518 passes overall.

Although we completed more passes in the first half than the second, we made more key passes (eight to six) after the break.

Cesc Fabregas was our top passer with 72 passes, followed by N’Golo Kante (52) and Cesar Azpilicueta (51).

Of our outfielders who started the game, Andreas Christensen had the best pass completion rate with 93 per cent.

Eden Hazard and Dusan Tadic each completed four dribbles, a game-high figure. Kante was next with three.

Gary Cahill won seven aerial duels, two more than Cesar Azpilicueta. That pair, alongside the other defender in our back three, Andreas Christensen, made four clearances each.

Fabregas and Christensen won two tackles apiece and the Spaniard made three interceptions, the same figure as his midfield partner Kante. Overall we won more tackles and made more clearances in the second half.

Giroud netted his first Premier League goals since scoring for Arsenal at St Mary’s in December. He has now struck 18 goals as a Premier League substitute; only Jermain Defoe with 24 has more.

Saturday’s victory marked the second occasion we have been trailing at half-time under Antonio Conte and come back to win. The other such success was at Manchester City last season.