Stats show Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho was wrong to sell David Luiz to PSG
Has PSG defender David Luiz outperformed Gary Cahill this season?
David Luiz will face Chelsea for the first time since leaving London to join Paris Saint-Germain for £50m last summer on Tuesday night.
Luiz was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho chose to cash in on the Brazilian, opting for his preferred John Terry and Gary Cahill partnership.
On the dawn of the last 16 clash between PSG and Chelsea, Opta powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com decided it was time they checked out how Luiz was performing in Ligue 1 since his switch and how his stats matched up to ex-teammate Cahill, revealing whether Mourinho was right to offload the South American.
With Cahill playing five more games and racking up 300 more minutes than Luiz this season, the comparison has been made via a per 90 minute basis with the 7 main defensive criteria being analysed.
The first stat Oulala looked at was tackles won, with Luiz leading the way comfortably with a swing of almost 10 per cent in his favour, 52.7 per cent to Cahill’s 43.9 per cent.
For head-to-head battles again Luiz edges it. The PSG excels aerially with a success rate of 78.6 per cent compared to 69.1 per cent from Cahill.
On the ground the PSG centre-back leads further with 65 per cent of his duels won, while Cahill has only racked up a rate of 59.8 per cent.
Luiz also leads for interceptions with 2.3 per 90 minutes compared to 1.02 from his opposite number.
However, Cahill does peg the Brazilian back for blocks and clearances. The Chelsea defender edges blocks narrowly, 0.79 to 0.66 per 90 minutes with 6.19 clearances to Luiz’s 4.43.
The passing stats for both players are impressive, however it is Luiz that leads again with an impressive 90 per cent completion of all passes made, Cahill falls just short with 87 per cent.
So with David Luiz leading Gary Cahill for five of the seven main defensive criteria this season is it possible that Mourinho was wrong to sell the Brazilian to Paris?