13 dribbles, 98% pass accuracy: Chelsea star brilliant in defeat

Chelsea suffered a disappointing defeat at the hands of Stoke City, which has manager Jose Mourinho writing off their title chances - but there were reasons to be cheerful.

The strikers were the point of criticism for Jose Mourinho, and he admitted just that in his post-match interview.

Andrea Schurrle broke the deadlock for Chelsea inside the first 10 minutes, but struggled to find the back of the net for a second, leaving Mourinho frustrated.

Just before half time, former England hero Peter Crouch pulled the Staffordshire side back into the game. Chelsea were then hit with a double blow when Manchester City flop Stephen Ireland found the bottom left corner from outside the box. 

Andre Schurrle then pulled Chelsea level and looked like the only side that would win it. Unfortunately for Mourinho and his men, lady luck wasn't on their side and when on-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi found the top bag from outside the box, it was game over, leaving glum looking Chelsea faces all-round. 

Statistically, there was lots of positives for Chelsea. They enjoyed the majority of the ball, produced a number of high quality attacks and generally looked quite sharp in their play. 

Eden Hazard again was outstanding for the Blues producing a high quality display:

98% pass accuracy from 52 passes.
2 key passes
13 successful dribbles

Yet, he couldn't receive the mantel of MOTM due to an highly efficient German performance from Andre Schurrle, who nearly bagged his first hat-trick for the club. 

There is definitely reasons to be cheerful, despite defeat and to the contrary of Mourinho's comments - I still back them to push Arsenal all the way. 

image: © Ben Sutherland

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