Stats show Chelsea have less to fear than first thought…

Stats show Chelsea have less to fear than first thought…

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Stats released today have shown that Chelsea are in the top three best teams in the country in terms of possession and are better than several title rivals in others. 

The Blues have suffered their worst start to a season in over 30 years, having lost four and won just two of their opening eight games. That included losing 0-3 to title rivals Manchester City, and on Saturday losing a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1 at home to Southampton.

However, despite the club’s poor start to the season, figures show that Jose Mourinho’s side have had an average possession figure of 59.1% – only Manchester United (60.1%) and Manchester City (59.9%) have enjoyed more of the ball this season.

The stat is also 3.2% improvement on last season, when Chelsea won their fourth Premier League title.

Last season, the Blues converted an impressive 21.1% of their chances – more than a fifth. But, this season has seen that figure fall sharply to 14.5%.

However, despite the 6.6% fall, Arsenal (12.2%), Tottenham (12.1%) and Liverpool (10.6%) all have inferior records in terms of chances converted.

Chelsea sit 16th in the table, and their main issue is clear to see – they have conceded an eye-watering 19.1% of the chances created against them in the Premier League this term.

This is a staggering 8.9% more than was the case last season and looks even worse when compared against the figures for Arsenal (9.7%), Manchester United (10.2%), Tottenham (10.7%) and Manchester City (11.2%).