The Debrief: Roaming Ruben, bossing the ball and tactical tweaks working a treat

Other notable numbers

Just like in our dominant display on Tyneside at the weekend, possession paid dividends as we enjoyed 73 per cent of the ball at the Eleda Stadion. That improved our average possession statistics in this year’s competition, which was already the highest of all 32 competing teams, to 66.8 per cent (ahead of Liverpool with 60.3 per cent).

Only the Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk have a higher passing accuracy, with 90.3 per cent compared to our 89.8 per cent, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen enjoying the most in this game with 11.2 per cent each. The symmetry of the two continued in the passing stakes, with both making 108.

The Blues had 22 shots, our most in a Champions League game for at least six years, with Marcos Alonso, Loftus-Cheek and Ziyech accounting for four apiece. The latter also claimed five key passes and two successful dribbles in a decisive display.