Comparing Raphael Varane’s 2020-21 stats to Chelsea’s current centre-backs

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Chelsea‘s defensive record has been sensational under Thomas Tuchel, but they’re targeting Real Madrid centre-half Raphael Varane in a bid to further strengthen at the back this summer, according to reports

Bild journalist Christian Falk claims that Varane is Chelsea’s top priority when it comes to transfer targets. The 28-year-old French World Cup winner – who you can back to add the European Championships to his trophy cabinet with Euro 2021 betting offers – is approaching the final year of his contract with Real, meaning this summer would be their last opportunity to cash in.

We’ve compared Varane’s 2020-21 La Liga stats to the corresponding Premier League output of Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva, Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kurt Zouma to see how he compares to the options currently at Thomas Tuchel’s disposal.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Cesar Azpilicueta – 2.0 (74%)
Antonio Rudiger – 1.8 (94%)
Thiago Silva – 0.9 (75%)
Raphael Varane – 0.7 (70%)
Andreas Christensen – 0.7 (63%)
Kurt Zouma – 0.6 (75%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Kurt Zouma – 4.1 (63%)
Raphael Varane – 2.4 (75%)
Andreas Christensen – 2.7 (69%)
Antonio Rudiger – 2.4 (68%)
Cesar Azpilicueta – 2.3 (54%)
Thiago Silva – 1.8 (62%)

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Interceptions per 90 minutes
Thiago Silva – 1.5
Andreas Christensen – 1.5
Kurt Zouma – 1.4
Raphael Varane – 1.3
Cesar Azpilicueta – 1.1
Antonio Rudiger – 0.9

Fouls per 90 minutes
Andreas Christensen – 0.4
Raphael Varane – 0.5
Thiago Silva – 0.7
Kurt Zouma – 0.8
Antonio Rudiger – 0.9
Cesar Azpilicueta – 1.4

Clearances per 90 minutes
Kurt Zouma – 4.2
Thiago Silva – 3.8
Raphael Varane – 3.8
Andreas Christensen – 3.5
Antonio Rudiger – 2.9
Cesar Azpilicueta – 2.6

Passing accuracy
Thiago Silva – 93.2%
Andreas Christensen – 91.3%
Kurt Zouma – 90.5%
Antonio Rudiger – 89.5%
Raphael Varane – 89.5%
Cesar Azpilicueta – 86.3%

Passes completed per 90 minutes
Thiago Silva – 91.7
Cesar Azpilicueta – 78.4
Antonio Rudiger – 81.6
Andreas Christensen – 77.1
Kurt Zouma – 78.1
Raphael Varane – 57.2

Goals
Kurt Zouma – 5
Thiago Silva – 2
Raphael Varane – 2
Cesar Azpilicueta – 1
Antonio Rudiger – 0
Andreas Christensen – 0


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