Chelsea and Manchester City are both in a similar position; both teams trail Arsenal at the top of the league and both teams are trying to dominate the title race.
The clash between the teams at Stamford Bridge this weekend is one of the biggest games of the season so far and it will be interesting to see how the attacks of each side get on against each other.
Here are their key stats for the season so far.
Sergio Aguero appears to be much more important and integral to Manchester City. He’s made six starts and one appearance off the bench.
In contrast, Torres has only made two starts so far this season and four appearances off the bench as Jose Mourinho has been searching for his best combination of players.
However, Torres has also been suspended and injured at points this season.
Goals and Assists
Torres doesn’t get close to Aguero when it comes to goals and assists so far this season.
Aguero has bagged six goals in the league so far with two assists, while Torres is yet to put a number in either column.
That suggests, despite Torres’ goals against Schalke earlier this week, Aguero is the in form striker and will arguably be the more confident player heading into the game this weekend.
Aguero is also way ahead in terms of passing with a success rate of 82.5% compared to Torres’ 69.6%.
That shouldn’t be a major surprise because both players have different roles in the attack of their teams.
Aguero drops off a lot more and plays with his back to goal, working with the creative and attacking midfield players at City.
Torres plays up front on his own, which means there is a greater emphasis on him to push back the opposition defence, which creates more space in front of the back four for Chelsea’s midfield players to exploit.
That point is demonstrated well by the fact Torres is only making just over 13 passes per Premier League game this season.
Torres appears to have better timing in the final third of the pitch because he’s being caught offside less frequently than Aguero.
Torres is caught offside 0.7 times per game compared to Aguero at 1.1 times per game.
It suggests that if Torres stays disciplined this weekend and if City play a high line, he may be able to catch out their defence and get one on one with Joe Hart.
At some point during a game, the strikers will find themselves back inside their own half trying to help out the rest of the side defensively. It’s not their primary concern but it’s a job that all forwards have to do.
There’s very little between them so far this season with Aguero ahead on tackles and interceptions, with Torres giving away .1 fouls more per match on average.
Who do you think will come out on top in this battle?
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