The Debrief: Left-flank focus and Oli on target against Villa again

Meanwhile, Chilwell now has four Premier League assists this season, equalling his season-best tally.

Blues underscore xG

Goals have certainly been harder to come by for the Blues in recent weeks, perhaps a consequence of tiring legs and attacking absentees. In our first eight Premier League games of the season, we notched 20 goals at an average of 2.5 per game. In our second set of eight league fixtures, we’ve scored 11 at a rate more than one goal per game less.

Our xG has also dropped, meaning we are creating fewer big chances in games, though Pulisic will feel he should have hit the target with a good first-half opportunity against the Clarets yesterday and we also recorded over one more expected goals than our visitors from the Midlands (1.79 vs 0.7).

Kante and Mount busy

In midfield, N’Golo Kante and Mount were heavily involved. The Englishman registered a game-high eight per cent possession and had the second-most touches on the pitch with a pass success rate of 89 per cent. 

Only the two Chelsea centre-backs completed more passes than the 21-year-old and only Kante played as many key passes (3). Our number seven was also the home side’s most effective dribbler and destroyer.

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