When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea last season, many predicted that a title challenge would not be very far away.
It wasn’t to happen in his first year back as his lack of a proper striker ruined their chances of challenging properly. Key recruitment in the summer followed though, and this time the title is theirs again, with a Capital One Cup triumph thrown in as well.
The stats show their improvement too, having finished with more points, won more games and lost half as many games than last season. Let’s take a look at their other stats to see just how they improved to win the Premier League for the first time in five years.
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Defence has always been a strong point under Mourinho and this season proved no different, with the Blues having improved their tackling success from last year, made 3% more tackles and won 8.5% more tackles. Despite that they have somehow managed to concede more goals.
In passing, things have stayed consistent with them once again enjoying an 83% success rate, the same as last year, although their number of passes has increased by 10%, with an 11% increase in their number of accurate passes too.
Up front, the improvement continues. This season, they have enjoyed a shooting accuracy of 37%, an increase from last year’s 33%, scoring more goals in the process. Despite that, they have registered 18% fewer shots than last season, perhaps giving the label of 'boring Chelsea' some credence after all.
With improvements in several areas it is not hard to see why Chelsea won the Premier League with ease this season and given that investment in the summer is likely once again, it is hard to see how their rivals will catch them next year.