Could Morata Have Saved Chelsea if he Wasn’t Subbed Off Against Man City – Stats

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Manchester City beat Chelsea 0-1 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, thanks to a goal from former Chelsea Kevin De Bruyne. As many Chelsea fans would argue, Morata and Hazard were forming a deadly partnership in attack as was evident in their victory against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League the previous week.

Despite Man City’s high percentage of possession and domination during the game, many Chelsea fans would argue that Morata’s injury caused them to lose the match. But you would wonder and ask the question, “what impact did Morata have on the pitch before he was subbed off in the 35th minute?”. To answer this question, we would look at how Chelsea have really played this season.

Since last season, one would notice that Chelsea’s success have lied upon their ability to score goals on a counter attack. This has really worked out well for them and if we look at the previous two fixtures between the two clubs, you would realize that Chelsea have come out on top even though City had more possession. Chelsea had benefited on City’s wastefulness in the past and this is an area Guardiola’s men have improved this season having scored 15 goals and conceded just one goal in their previous 5 games in all competitions.

Chelsea vs Man City
38%

Ball Possession
62%
4
Goal Attempts
17
2
Shots on Goal
6
2
Shots off Goal
6
0
Blocked Shots
5
13
Free Kicks
16
4
Corner Kicks
8
8
Offsides
0
5
Goalkeeper Saves
2
8
Fouls
13
0
Yellow Cards
2
395
Total Passes
653
18
Tackles
20

Stats Source: soccer24.com

From the stats above, one would realize Man City were in total control of the game with 62% possession and 17 goal attempts as compared with Chelsea’s 38% possession and 4 goal attempts.

So where is the argument of Morata’s absense coming from. Morata is a poacher not a playmaker. Hazard who is Chelsea’s main man was there until 72nd minute. Chelsea fans needs to understand the team was below par against City and remember Morata would be out for six weeks. What would become of the team if City loss is blamed on his absense

 

 

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