Chelsea defeated Liverpool 2-1 on Saturday with Diego Costa proving – not for the first time – to be the match-winner. But with the two sides having just nine shots on target between them some of the defenders on show put in fine performances.
As you can see above the former England international had the better passing accuracy – 95 per cent compared to Skrtel’s 91 per cent. He also won more tackles than the Liverpool man.
But those areas aside, Skrtel came out on top in terms of individual statistics, winning more interceptions, aerial battles, ground duels and headed clearances than Terry; while the two players made six clearances apiece.
In terms of defensive stats there was little to choose between the two, but stats only tell you so much, and the problem for Skrtel and his defensive colleagues is that too often they do not look like a unit, as proved yet again against Jose Mourinho’s side.
While Chelsea’s back-line are mightily impressive Liverpool’s needs plenty of work. So while Skrtel dealt with most of what was thrown his way he did not leave with the victory, meaning much of what he did in the preceding 90 minutes was somewhat inconsequential.