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Jorginho on course to set season passing record

25 Sep 2018

Chelsea midfielder looked for a team-mate 180 times at West Ham and is on track for another PL high in 2018/19

Chelsea were unable to maintain their winning start to 2018/19 at West Ham United on Sunday, but Jorginho made Premier League history in the goalless draw and is on course for a season record.

The Chelsea midfielder attempted 180 passes and had 191 touches at London Stadium.

On both counts, that was the most by a player in a single Premier League match since such data was recorded from the start of the 2003/04 campaign.

Most passes in a PL match* 
Player Club Opponent Date Passes
Jorginho CHE WHU 23/09/18 180
Ilkay Gundogan MCI CHE 04/03/18 174
Jorginho CHE NEW 26/08/18 173
Fernandino MCI EVE 31/03/18 171
Yaya Toure MCI STK 21/12/11 168

*since 2003/04

There have been 10 occasions when an entire PL team have attempted fewer passes during a match than Jorginho’s 180.

The summer signing from Napoli completed 162 of his passes at London Stadium, the third-best tally ever, taking his total to 628 successful passes this season.

Again, that is more than any other player.

Most successful passes in 2018/19 
Player Club Succ. passes
Jorginho CHE 628
Aymeric Laporte MCI 560
Antonio Rudiger CHE 448
David Luiz CHE 415
Cesar Azpilicueta CHE 412

If he maintains his rate, Jorginho will smash the record for the most completed passes in a season, currently held by Nicolas Otamendi.

The Manchester City defender racked up 2,825 last term, helping his side to win the title.

Chelsea's midfielder is averaging more than 100 successful passes per PL match this campaign.

Most successful passes in a season*
Player Club Season Succ. passes
Nicolas Otamendi MCI 2017/18 2825
Granit Xhaka ARS 2017/18 2708
Fernandinho MCI 2017/18 2679
Mikel Arteta ARS 2012/13 2517
Michael Carrick MUN 2012/13 2443

*since 2003/04

However, this average will come under pressure when Chelsea host leaders Liverpool and their famed pressing game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, in the meeting of the top two teams.

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