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Statistical Analysis

Giorgio Chiellini vs Kalidou Koulibaly – Serie A – 2017/2018

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Giorgio Chiellini


Kalidou Koulibaly


Position: Centre-back

Serie A – 2017/2018

Statistical Analysis

Date: 26.05.2018


Giorgio Chiellini vs Kalidou Koulibaly. The two fantastic defenders in Serie A, but who has performed better in 2017/18 season?

Therefore we have made an analysis of the statistics achieved by Giorgio Chiellini and Kalidou Koulibaly in seven defensive categories:

  • Tackles per match
  • Clearances per match
  • Blocks per match
  • Interceptions per match
  • Dribbled past per match
  • Offside won per match
  • Fouls per match


Kalidou Koulibaly played more games in 2017/18 season for his team than Giorgio Chiellini did — 35 to 26.
Koulibaly played more minutes than Chiellini – 3066 to 2163.
Kalidou Koulibaly has recorded 1.5 tackles per match in Serie A (EFRating = 3.39), which is more than Giorgio Chiellini’s 1.1 tackles per match (EFRating = 2.48).
Chiellini has managed to get 5.3 clearances per match in Serie A (EFRating = 3.37), which is more than Koulibaly’s 3.2 clearances per match (EFRating = 2.03).
Giorgio Chiellini has 0.5 blocks per match in Serie A (EFRating = 3.50), same as Kalidou Koulibaly (EFRating = 3.50).
Chiellini provided more Serie A interceptions, he has managed to get 1.8 interceptions per match (EFRating = 4.91), 0.7 more than Kalidou Koulibaly did (EFRating = 3.00).
In Serie A, Giorgio Chiellini has 0.3 dribbled past per match (EFRating = 1.67), while Kalidou Koulibaly has 0.6 dribbled past per match (EFRating = 0.83).
Koulibaly won more offsides in Serie A, he won 0.8 offsides per match (EFRating = 3.64), 0.5 more than Chiellini did (EFRating = 1.36).
In Serie A, Kalidou Koulibaly has 0.9 fouls per match (EFRating = 1.11), while Giorgio Chiellini has 1.2 fouls per match (EFRating = 0.83).

Based on the analysis above, Giorgio Chiellini is clearly the king of 3 defensive categories (interceptions per match, clearances per match and dribbled past per match).

Kalidou Koulibaly is the king of 3 defensive categories (tackles per match, fouls per match and offside won per match).


In conclusion, with all the statistics, Giorgio Chiellini seems like as the superior defender in Serie A.


Player Giorgio Chiellini Kalidou Koulibaly
EFRating 18.12 17.50


Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini

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