Chelsea’s defenders rack up superb stats as they keep Brighton at bay

Once Chelsea went down to 10 men in yesterday’s game against Brighton, it was clear that this was going to have to be a defensive stand. We had the lead but almost an hour left to play, and every member of our back 4 knew they were going to have to step up. Luckily for us they did.

A look at the defensive stats listed on WhoScored shows just what we’re talking about.

Team selection issues had forced Mauricio Pochettino into picking 4 central defenders as his back line, and that actually paid off as we had to do so much box defending. The numbers were great all the way along – Levi Colwill had 1 tackle, 2 interceptions and 4 clearances. Thiago Silva 2 tackles, 1 interception and TEN clearances, Benoit Badiashile 1 tackle, 1 interception and 8 clearances, and Axel Disasi 3 tackles, 1 interception and 5 clearances.

All of them stepped up and made our box impenetrable, and they deserved all the celebrating and back slapping they had at full time.

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