Chelsea's 0-0 draw with West Ham has caused plenty of talking points, most notably the defensive performance by the Hammers.
After reviewing the statistics provided by the Premier League, it was an incredible effort from Sam Allardyce's side to shut out the title chasing outfit.
The importance of possession has grown over the last few years, especially with the influence provided by teams to trying to emulate the 'Barcelona' style of play. Last night, the home side had 72% compared to just 28% for the visitors. This culminated in Chelsea making 554 passes, with West Ham completing 191.
Usually as possession builds, pressure does, which leads to the creation of chances. A total of 25 shots, both on and off target were created by Chelsea's attacking force. While central defender James Tomkins managed one solitary shot on target for the Hammers.
It was clear from last night's performance that Allardyce still has the know-how to go to the bigger clubs and pick up results, which is vitally important given the position West Ham find themselves in.
Interestingly, Chelsea committed more fouls than the travelling side (12-11), which bodes down to frustration. As the game went on longer and longer without the goal coming they began to lose patience, which played perfectly into the Hammers hands.
Alarming for Chelsea fans was the lack of cutting edge. A distinct lack of goals coming from the strikers is concerning, even if Jose Mourinho attempts to shift the blame elsewhere rather than keep the pressure on his players.
Credit though must go to West Ham and especially their goalkeeper, Adrian, who was excellent.
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