Chelsea stars Patrick van Aanholt, Lucas Piazon and Christian Atsu were both integral to Vitesse Arnhem’s 3-1 over Utrecht.
No, Atsu didn’t score a blinder, but he stepped up confidently to slot the ball home from the penalty spot, while midfielder Piazon went about his business, pulling the strings in the middle of the pitch.
He deserved a goal because his numbers from the game were simply outstanding and he was possibly the best player on the pitch; six shots, four on target and a passing success rate of 96%.
Piazon had a very decent game and boasted a number of impressive stats from his performance; three shots, one on target, four key passes, a passing success rate of close to 80% and he won four aerial duels during the game.
The point of the pair going on loan to Vitesse is to get them both some regular first team football and some confidence which will allow them to return to Chelsea as better players in the near future.
A mention also has to go to defender Patrick van Aanholt, also an on loan Chelsea star, who had more touches (103 to be precise) during the game than any other player.
There were rumblings of slight criticism over the summer of the relationship between Vitesse and Chelsea, with some in the Netherlands criticising the association.
However, if Chelsea’s players keep performing like this, then not many people around Stamford Bridge are going to care too much.
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