Comparing Kounde & Gimenez’s 2020-21 stats to Chelsea’s current CBs

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Chelsea may have tightened up significantly under Thomas Tuchel, but reports suggest they’re still in the market for another centre back. 

Tuchel is reportedly looking to Spain for high-class defensive options. Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is Chelsea’s first-choice option, according to La Razon. Starting 25 of the club’s 30 La Liga matches, Konde has impressed as Sevilla find themselves six points behind leaders Atletico Madrid, having also been linked with Manchester United.

Another option is Atletico’s own Jose Gimenez. Chelsea have been reportedly interested before but could renew their pursuit of the Uruguay international. He’s out of contract in 2023, and Atletico could cash in on the 26-year-old this summer unless he signs a new deal. 

We’ve compared Kounde and Gimenez’s 2020-21 La Liga stats with the corresponding Premier League numbers of Chelsea’s current centre-back options.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Cesar Azpilicueta – 1.8 (64%)
Antonio Rudiger – 1.7 (94%)
Jose Gimenez – 1.1 (79%)
Thiago Silva – 0.9 (75%)
Jules Kounde – 0.9 (64%)
Andreas Christensen – 0.8 (66%)
Kurt Zouma – 0.6 (75%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Kurt Zouma – 4.2 (68%)
Jules Kounde – 3 (75%)
Antonio Rudiger – 2.3 (55%)
Andreas Christensen – 2.2 (76%)
Jose Gimenez – 2.2 (59%)
Cesar Azpilicueta – 2.2 (52%)
Thiago Silva – 1.9 (63%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Thiago Silva – 1.5
Jules Kounde – 1.4
Kurt Zouma – 1.4
Andreas Christensen – 1.3
Cesar Azpilicueta – 1.2
Jose Gimenez – 1.1
Antonio Rudiger – 0.9

READ: Comparing Chelsea’s defensive record under Tuchel to Lampard this season

Fouls per 90 minutes
Andreas Christensen – 0.3
Jules Kounde – 0.7
Thiago Silva – 0.7
Kurt Zouma – 0.7
Antonio Rudiger – 0.8
Jose Gimenez – 1
Cesar Azpilicueta – 1.1

Clearances per 90 minutes
Kurt Zouma – 4.2
Thiago Silva – 3.8
Andreas Christensen – 3.5
Jules Kounde – 3.3
Jose Gimenez – 3.2
Antonio Rudiger – 3
Cesar Azpilicueta – 2.6

Passing accuracy
Thiago Silva – 93.3%
Andreas Christensen – 92.4%
Jules Kounde – 90.2%
Kurt Zouma – 90.2%
Antonio Rudiger – 89.7%
Cesar Azpilicueta – 88.2%
Jose Gimenez – 86.3%

Passes completed per 90 minutes
Thiago Silva – 92.3
Cesar Azpilicueta – 85.4
Antonio Rudiger – 80.6
Andreas Christensen – 77.3
Kurt Zouma – 75.6
Jules Kounde – 71.7
Jose Gimenez – 55.6

Goals
Kurt Zouma – 5
Jules Kounde – 2
Thiago Silva – 2
Cesar Azpilicueta – 1
Jose Gimenez – 0
Antonio Rudiger – 0
Andreas Christensen – 0


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