HEAD-TO-HEAD: Willian v Cleverley - Which midfielder performed better?

Chelsea overcame Aston Villa 3-0 on Saturday, but how did Willian compare to Tom Cleverley on the day?

Willian V Cleverley

Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa maintained the Blues’ outstanding start to the season and kept them three points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Goals from Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian gave Jose Mourinho’s side the win against a Villa side that has impressed in the early stages, only to be soundly beaten by two London sides in recent weeks.

Brazilian international Willian impressed on Saturday, scoring one and setting up another, but how did he compare with Villa’s creative midfielder Tom Cleverley.

The England international is no doubt hoping his loan move will ensure he has a future at Manchester United, but did he do enough against Chelsea to get Louis van Gaal’s attention?

Willian obviously outperformed Cleverley both in terms of goals scored and assists provided, while the Brazilian also played twice as many key passes (four) as the Villa player managed.

The Chelsea star also emphatically outshone Cleverley in terms of goal-scoring attempts, having five in total and two on target while the on-loan United player could not manage a single effort on goal.

That said, Cleverley did outdo Willian in terms of passing accuracy, his 95 per cent slightly better than the Chelsea player’s 93 per cent.

The Villa player also played more forward passes than Willian – 15 compared with nine – and both players made one interception apiece.

In short, it was definitely the Chelsea player’s day, but Cleverley made his mark for Villa. The trick now is to start getting in on the goal-scoring action and create a few more chances for his new teammates as they look to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

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