83 touches; 18 ball recoveries: Jan Kirchhoff shines in Sunderland defeat to Leicester City

The German was very impressive despite his side's 2-0 loss to the league leaders.

Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff was in fine form at the Stadium of Light despite his side’s defeat to Leicester City this weekend.

The Black Cats were beaten 2-0 by Claudio Ranieri’s side on Saturday afternoon as two goals from Jamie Vardy took the away team closer to the title.

It was a tight affair in general before Danny Drinkwater’s pass allowed Vardy to score the opener, setting his team on the way to their fifth straight victory.

While Sunderland’s defence took the blame once again, one man who impressed was Jan Kirchhoff who put in an impressive all-round display.

  MatchWon TacklesDuels WonInterceptions WonBall RecoveriesPoss Won Def 3rdAccurate PassesPassing AccuracyTouchesMins Played
Jan Kirchhoff Sunderland vs Leicester 5 13 4 18 7 40 73% 83 90

As the table provided by Opta demonstrates, the German was heavily involved throughout.

In total he posted 83 touches, the most of any Sunderland player, with just two of those proving unsuccessful.

Defensively he was a rock, managing five tackles, 13 defensive duels won and four interceptions.

His recovery of the ball was also impressive as he posted 18 ball recoveries, the most of any Sunderland player, and won the ball in the defensive third seven times, again the most in his team.

His passing was also solid as he made 40 accurate passes and enjoyed an overall pass success rate of 73%.

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