45 touches, 3 chances created: How good was Sunderland's Wahbi Khazri against Chelsea?

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Sunderland defeated Chelsea 3-2 at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland playmaker Wahbi Khazri had one of his best games since joining the club from Bordeaux in January as he played a key role in his side’s 3-2 win over Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats headed in to the encounter occupying 18th position in the Premier League, one point ahead of Norwich City and one point behind Newcastle United who faced Aston Villa.

When considering the fixtures at the bottom of the table, Sunderland no doubt had a tougher contest than their North East rivals yet through sheer spirit and determination they pulled off a vital win.

Jermain Defoe netted the winner after Fabio Borini had levelled for the Black Cats, yet it was Wahbi Khazri who really set things in motion as he netted a wonderful equaliser midway through the first period.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesDuels WonBall RecoveriesMins Played
Wahbi Khazri 1 2 3 45 16 6 3 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the gifted playmaker was everywhere for Sam Allardyce’s side as he ran his socks off for the cause and ended up getting his just rewards.

Aside from his crashing opener, Khazri also contributed with two shots, three chances created via key passes, 45 touches, 16 accurate passes and six duels won over course of the 90 minutes.

Yet, it wasn’t so much the former Bordeaux man’s quality in the final third which stood out, but more his willingness to run himself into the ground and help his side out defensively.

Chelsea applied plenty of pressure throughout, yet Sunderland stood up to the task and showed all the capabilities of a side determined to get themselves out of the relegation zone.

The victory, coupled with Newcastle’s draw, sees the Wearside club move out of the bottom three and within one more victory of sealing their place in the Premier League for next season.

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