Jorginho matches PL record in dominant display

27 Aug 2018
Jorginho, Chelsea

Chelsea midfielder's touched the ball an unsurpassed 186 times in win at Newcastle United

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Jorginho has not taken long to make his mark in the Premier League. 

It took him just one match to score his first goal and only two more to equal a PL record.

The midfielder had 186 touches of the ball in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Newcastle United on Sunday.

A touch is defined by Opta as the sum of all events where a player touches the ball, so controlling the ball and then passing it would be one touch. 

Jorginho's total was the joint-most recorded in a PL match since such player records began in 2003/04. 

It tied that of Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho in last season's 3-1 win at Everton

Most player touches in a match
Player Touches Club Opp. Date
Jorginho 186 CHE NEW 26/08/18
Fernandinho MCI EVE 31/03/18
Ilkay Gundogan 181 CHE 04/03/18
Santi Cazorla 178 ARS SUN 20/05/15
Yaya Toure 175 MCI STK 21/12/11

Jorginho came close at St James' Park to another record held by a Man City player. 

The Italian completed 158 out of 173 attempted passes, 27 more than the whole Newcastle side combined.

It fell just nine short of the most successful passes made by a player in a PL match, a feat that happened in a match against Chelsea.

The record belongs to Ilkay Gundogan, who found a team-mate 167 times in City's 1-0 win last season.

Most succ. player passes in a match
Player Succ. passes Club Opp. Date
Ilkay Gundogan 167 MCI CHE 04/03/18
Fernandinho 164 EVE 31/03/18
Jorginho 158 CHE NEW 26/08/18

Jorginho's contribution also helped Chelsea complete more passes than ever before in a single PL fixture. 

Only Man City have made more passes than Chelsea did on Sunday. 

Most succ. team passes in a match
Team Succ. passes Opp. Date
MCI 942 SWA 22/04/18
905 EVE 31/03/18
902 CHE 04/03/18
843 WBA 28/10/17
841 STK 21/12/11
CHE 838 NEW 26/08/18

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