FORMER CHELSEA STAR HAILS THIS SURPRISING STAT

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Chelsea have been phenomenal this season, and the Blues aren’t just winning games but are winning it in style.

Maurizio Sarri’s system that has been famed as Sarri-ball is taking the Premier League by storm and Chelsea are topping all the statistics.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has hailed Jorginho’s influence in the team and also revealed his amazement at the stats that are favouring Chelsea.

Nevin wrote in his column in the official Chelsea website: “It is no great surprise that Jorginho has made more passes than any other Premier League player so far this season, nearly 50 more than his nearest rival. This is amazing for any player, never mind one who is new to the team and the league.

“It should not however be about passing for the sake of it as that can be self-indulgent and self-serving in the wrong circumstances. Over-passing can give opponents time to regroup but when this sort of player can dominate the tempo of a game, speeding it up and slowing it down at will when the time is right, it is almost always beneficial.

“Very few players in world football have the ability to dictate games to this level but Jorginho is showing he can do that. His countryman Andrea Pirlo did the same, from the same position, but they both have subtly different ways of doing it.

“So his stats tell one story but to underline the other part of the narrative, look at the official Premier League stats for the 10 top pass-makers in the league so far. Five of them play for Chelsea! That exclamation mark is deserved because it is such an unusual occurrence. So let’s name them: David Luiz (third), Antonio Rudiger (fourth), Cesar Azpilicueta (eighth) and Marcus Alonso (tenth). You get the feeling that Eden Hazard would be in there too if he had played a full part in all four games.

“So clearly Sarri-ball, as some have called it, has been a change of epic proportions. Last season only Cesar Azpilicueta from Chelsea troubled the top 10 in the completed passes stats by the end of May. This of course doesn’t mean that Chelsea are definitely going to win everything and dislodge Man City but it does mean that the message is getting through very quickly and that there is a plan which is clearly defined and is being bought into by the entire group.”

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Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.