Heroes and Zeros: City stars shine despite defeat; Chelsea revival

Date published: Tuesday 22nd December 2015 11:08

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Manchester City trio Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Eliaquim Mangala were among the highest-rated players of the weekend, while Chelsea duo Oscar and Pedro also caught the eye.

City’s stars might have had a roasting on our player ratings on Monday night following their defeat at Arsenal, but Aguero (100% pass completition rate), De Bruyne (five chances created) and Mangala (96.6% pass completion rate) appeared to excel.

Chelsea’s players, meanwhile, have come in for some serious criticism this season but they kicked-off the post-Jose Mourinho era with a 3-1 win over Sunderland, with the likes of Oscar and Pedro both among the highest rated performers of the weekend.

Mourinho’s possible appointment at Manchester United came up for discussion in our Monday Verdict – and the club’s struggles appear to widening with Anthony Martial – shunted to a wing position again, much to the frustration of Thierry Henry – being dispossessed a league-high six times against Norwich.

The weekend stats also make bad reading for Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell, with the one-time England player misplacing 48.4% of his passes against Chelsea.

Here, WhoScored.com look at the players that played the biggest roles for their teams over the weekend – and those that were more of a hindrance than a help…

 

Highest rated player

Bolasie – 8.71
Oscar – 8.51
Ighalo – 8.51
Pedro – 8.36
Okazaki – 8.35

 

Most shots on target

Ighalo – 3
Bojan – 3
Barkley – 3
8 players – 2

 

Most successful dribbles


Bolasie – 8
Barkley – 7
Coleman – 6
Oscar – 6
Fernandinho – 5
Deulofeu – 5

 

Most chances created

Shaqiri – 6
De Bruyne – 5
Surman – 4
Willian – 4
Tadic – 4

 

Most touches

Young – 123
Sagna – 114
Britton – 113
Fernandez – 112
Toure – 109
Oscar – 109

 

Best pass completion (minimum 15 passes)


Aguero – 100% (15 passes)
Mangala – 96.6% (59 passes)
Otamendi – 96.5% (57 passes)
Terry – 95.7% (46 passes)
Sterling – 95.5% (22 passes)

 

Most aerials won

Fonte – 8
Shawcross – 8
Mori – 8
Giroud – 7
Deeney – 7
Gestede – 7

 

Most tackles and interceptions (combined)


Wanyama – 11
King – 10
Gueye – 10
Kante – 10
4 players – 9

 

Most defensive clearances


Collins – 13
Bassong – 12
Bennett – 11
Mbemba – 11
Mori – 11

 

Worst pass completion (excluding goalkeepers)

Cathcart – 23.5% (17 passes)
Wickham – 40.9% (22 passes)
Deeney – 44.1% (34 passes)
Rodwell – 48.4 (31 passes)
4 players – 50%

 

Most unsuccessful touches

Giroud – 8
Jordan Ayew – 7
Okazaki – 6
Gueye – 6
3 players – 5

 

Most times dispossessed

Martial – 7
Jordan Ayew – 6
Firmino – 6
4 players – 5

 

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings. You can follow all the scores, statistics, live player and team ratings with their new free-to-download app.

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