Stones vs Terry: comparing the defenders’ performances

We take a look at the defensive duo's contributions to Wednesday's game at Stamford Bridge.

John Stones v John Terry: Head to Head: Comparing the Everton and Chelsea defenders' performances : 20150212

Chelsea fans will be celebrating their win at Stamford Bridge, which saw them retain their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The 1-0 win over Everton came courtesy of Brazilian midfielder Willian’s late, deflected strike after the away side had defended resolutely throughout the game and Tim Howard had denied the hosts on several occasions.

Jose Mourinho’s side also had their 'keeper, Petr Cech, to thank as his wonderful close range save denied forward Romelu Lukaku a goal which may have proved the winner for Roberto Martinez’s men.

As already mentioned, the Toffees defence was on fine form against Mourinho’s side as they restricted them to shots from distance and wasted efforts, frustrating them throughout. One player leading that defensive charge was John Stones, widely seen as a player with a bright future.

At the other end, former England captain John Terry was equally resolute for the hosts up against Belgian Lukaku, but who came out on top at Stamford Bridge, England past or England future?

Well, as the stats above show, Stones was better with his passing that Terry, registering six more accurate passes than the Chelsea man. He was also better in the effective clearance and effective headed clearance categories, while he also had one successful tackle compared to the Chelsea captain’s tally of none.

Not to be outdone by the younger model though, Terry proved he still has it with him proving to be more successful when it came to defensive duels, while he was vastly superior with his aerial duels. Elsewhere, he managed one block to Stones’ none and was also more successful with his interceptions as well.

In the end though, Terry’s side were the victors and remained clear at the top and Everton were left rueing a point lost at the death. Added in that Terry managed to keep a clean sheet, and he will have been the happier of the defenders come the end of the game.

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