Chelsea to dig deeper into data details in bid to increase home record next season


Chelsea will be digging into heavy data details in a bid to improve their home record next season.

The Blues sit seventh in the Premier League home fixtures table, with their eight wins from 18 appearances at Stamford Bridge, which largely explains the shortfall over Liverpool and Manchester City.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is a keen student of the impact of data on sport and the Blues’ new regime will want to maximize the influence of analytics next season.

Chelsea will be ready to jump straight into recruitment once the sale of the club is completed and temporary licensing restrictions are lifted.

But the tactical and analytical influences will also be exploited, in order to transform this record of 44% of victories into the championship at home.

“Of course I think we can do better (at home), I think it’s not much; these are margins,” said boss Thomas Tuchel.

“We will watch the season. This is not the time when I have analyzed everything. I don’t have the answer because we would have changed it before.

“We fight with efficiency, with goal records, with consistency, with determination, with precision in the box against teams that defend deep.

“It’s like that, but we miss huge qualities like N’Golo (Kante), Ben Chilwell, Reece James, if you see him in recent weeks.

“We missed these key players for weeks and weeks and weeks and it never stopped for us.

“Maybe that just needs to change so everyone is available.

“But top teams, Liverpool bought a fantastic player this winter to bolster the existing squad.

“Man City have already signed (Erling) Haaland to strengthen the existing squad.

“We are losing players, so at the moment my focus is to build a strong squad and see what is even possible – and then we think about how to close the gap.”

Todd Boehly (left) will want to look at how data science can help improve all areas of Chelsea once their Stamford Bridge takeover is complete (John Walton/PA)

Chelsea’s poor home record still comes amid a likely third-place finish, which is set to be confirmed in Sunday’s Premier League opener against Watford.

The Blues have a three-point advantage and an 18-goal advantage over fourth-placed Tottenham.

Chelsea also won the European Super Cup and Club World Cup in a campaign where sanctions from the British government of Roman Abramovich forced the Russian-Israeli billionaire to sell the west London club.

Chelsea fans showed their unwavering support for Tuchel ahead of Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester, unveiling a banner in tribute to the German coach.

And the 48-year-old found it hard to thank the fans for their support, especially in light of those frustrating home results.

“I was very happy; I never had a banner,” Tuchel said.

“I was looking at the Mason Mount banner until someone told me there was another banner on the other side.

“That’s very kind and thank you very much – and I’ll do my best to deserve it.”