6 Chelsea Stats to Surprise You This Season

Garry Hayes@@garryhayesFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2013

6 Chelsea Stats to Surprise You This Season

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    With the latest international break behind us, the Premier League returns this weekend.

    It's been an action-packed season thus far, with the league table throwing up plenty of surprises in the opening seven matches.

    Not many people would have predicted Southampton sitting above Manchester United and Manchester City at this stage, occupying the fourth Champions League spot. Indeed, the Saints also have the league's best defensive record, conceding just twice all season.

    Elsewhere, Hull City and Cardiff City have surprised a few people with some big victories in the early weeks following promotion from the Championship, while the Premier League's top three is very much a London affair with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea flying high.

    Indeed, as this topsy-turvy Premier League season continues, we can expect a few more head-turning developments. In the meantime, though, you'll have to make do with our statistical analysis of Chelsea's season to date, which itself has thrown up its fair share of oddities.

1. Ramires Has Made More Passes Than Any Other Chelsea Player

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    When we think of Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires, his passing ability isn't the first thing that springs to mind.

    It's more his work rate and willingness to cover all areas of the pitch that we associate with the No. 7, yet this term he has out passed all before him.

    Ramires' stats are impressive, too, with a total of 416 passes made at a success rate of 87.7 percent.

    The closest any player comes to matching that is John Terry with 379 passes.

    * Stats from WhoScored.com

2. No Chelsea Player Has Made More Tackles Than Ramires

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    Sticking with Ramires for a moment, the Brazilian not only rules the roost when it comes to distribution at Stamford Bridge, but is also the Blues' top tackler.

    Ramires has made a total of 24 tackles in Premier League matches this season, with Frank Lampard close behind on 17.

    Who said Chelsea needed a new defensive midfielder this summer?

    * Stats from WhoScored.com

3. Chelsea's League of Nations

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    The Blues have scored 10 goals in the Premier League this season, with six different nationalities finding themselves on the scoresheet.

    The Blues goalscorers have been:

    Oscar: 3 (Brazil)

    Frank Lampard: 1 (England)

    Branislav Ivanovic: 1 (Serbia)

    John Mikel Obi: 1 (Nigeria)

    John Terry: 1 (England)

    Willian: 1 (Brazil)

    Eden Hazard: 1 (Belgium)

    Antonio Luna: own goal (Spain)

4. Lampard Has Had More Shots on Goal Than All 3 of Chelsea's Strikers Combined

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    Jose Mourinho is desperate for his strikers to start raining down the goals, but it hasn't happened thus far for Demba Ba, Fernando Torres or Samuel Eto'o just yet, with none of the trio registering a Premier League goal between them.

    It's been heavily discussed in the media, with various reasons suggested as to why this is. One reason could simply be they're not shooting enough at goal.

    Frank Lampard, playing in a somewhat more withdrawn midfield role to what we've seen him in recent years, has had nine shots on goal this season, scoring once.

    In contrast, Torres (4), Eto'o (3) and Ba (1) have had a combined eight.

    * Stats from WhoScored.com

5. It's All Square Between Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez

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    They're not exactly bosom buddies, but Jose Mourinho and Rafa Benitez have a lot more in common than many might think.

    First, they can both count Chelsea among the clubs they have managed, but more interestingly their respective records in the Stamford Bridge dugout are remarkably similar.

    After his first seven Premier League games last season, Benitez picked up 14 points with Chelsea, the exact same number Mourinho has collected in his first seven back at Stamford Bridge.

    With 15 goals compared to Mourinho's 10 from seven matches this term, however, Benitez can claim mild bragging rights.

6. Oscar Is Just One Goal Shy of His Premier League Record for 2012-13

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    Last season it took Oscar the best part of five months to score his first Premier League goal, with his strike against Aston Villa just before Christmas helping the Blues to an 8-0 win.

    Far from opening the floodgates for the Brazilian, however, he would only score three more in the league all season.

    Just seven games into 2013-14, he is now one shy of his tally for the whole of last term. What's more, he is Chelsea's leading goalscorer across all competitions.

    No wonder Jose Mourinho is so eager to feature him in every match.