Comparing Presnel Kimpembe’s 2021-22 stats to Chelsea’s CBs

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Presnel Kimpembe of PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN during the Ligue 1 match against Olympique Marseille at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France on April 17, 2022.

Chelsea are getting to work in the transfer market and The Guardian are reporting that their next target is Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe. Here, we take a look at how his stats compare to Chelsea’s current defenders.

The Blues, now under the ownership of a consortium led by Todd Boehly, have already agreed a £33.8million fee with Napoli for the transfer of Senegal international defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

But, with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen already having left Stamford Bridge and Cesar Azpilicueta reportedly ready to follow them out the door, Thomas Tuchel’s squad needs further reinforcement.

The Guardian have reported that their next defensive target will be France international Kimpembe, who Tuchel worked with at PSG.

Kimpembe grew up in the Ile-de-France region around Paris and came through at PSG, graduating to the first team in 2015.

He has since made 221 appearances for the club and lifted five Ligue 1 titles as well as eight domestic cups.

Two of those league titles and two cups came under Tuchel during the German’s two years in charge of the club. Tuchel and Kimpembe also reached the 2020 Champions League final together, where PSG lost to Bayern Munich.

Kimpembe clearly admired Tuchel’s work, too. When the current Chelsea boss was sacked from PSG, Kimpembe wrote on Twitter: “Thank you coach for these years.

“Thank you to you and your team for your high standards, your trust, your enormous work, which allowed us to win many trophies together. I wish you the best for your next adventures.”

The pair could soon be reunited in west London and continue their adventures together. But would Kimpembe improve the Chelsea backline?

We’ve compared his Ligue 1 stats to the Premier League numbers of Thiago Silva, Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah, as well as Rudiger and Christensen for context. Note: We haven’t included Cesar Azpilicueta, who made the majority of his appearances as a wing-back last term.

Successful tackles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Trevoh Chalobah – 2.5 (86.2%)
Malang Sarr – 2.3 (74.2%)
Antonio Rudiger – 1.4 (74.2%)
Presnel Kimpembe – 1.2 (80%)
Thiago Silva – 1.1 (73.3%)
Andreas Christensen – 0.8 (80%)

Successful aerial duels per 90 minutes (success rate)
Andreas Christensen – 2.9 (54.7%)
Malang Sarr – 2.1 (63.6%)
Trevoh Chalobah – 2.0 (52.6%)
Thiago Silva – 1.9 (63.3%)
Antonio Rudiger – 1.7 (73.9%)
Presnel Kimpembe – (70.8%)

Interceptions per 90 minutes
Malang Sarr – 1.8
Andreas Christensen – 1.7
Thiago Silva – 1.5
Presnel Kimpembe – 1.3
Trevoh Chalobah – 1.2
Antonio Rudiger – 0.8

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Fouls per 90 minutes
Thiago Silva – 0.4
Andreas Christensen – 0.7
Antonio Rudiger – 1.0
Presnel Kimpembe – 1.0
Trevoh Chalobah – 1.2
Malang Sarr – 1.3

Clearances per 90 minutes
Thiago Silva – 3.2
Malang Sarr – 3.1
Andreas Christensen – 3.1
Antonio Rudiger – 2.6
Trevoh Chalobah – 2.6
Presnel Kimpembe – 2.5

Passing accuracy
Presnel Kimpembe – 95.5%
Thiago Silva – 92.8%
Trevoh Chalobah – 90.6%
Andreas Christensen – 90%
Malang Sarr – 88.2%
Antonio Rudiger – 88.1%

Passes completed per 90 minutes
Thiago Silva – 89
Andreas Christensen – 79.5
Trevoh Chalobah – 78.8
Presnel Kimpembe – 77.7
Malang Sarr – 77
Antonio Rudiger – 74

Antonio Rudiger – 3
Thiago Silva – 3
Trevoh Chalobah – 3
Presnel Kimpembe – 1
Malang Sarr – 0
Andreas Christensen – 0

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