Chelsea returned to winning ways with a routine 2-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday, with the 2014-15 Premier League champions looking more comfortable and confident than in recent weeks.
However, despite the fact that the Blues recorded three points against the newly promoted team at the KCOM Stadium, the statistic below will be of concern to Antonio Conte.
2012 – Chelsea have failed to record a 1st half shot on target in consecutive PL games for the first time since March 2012. Blanks.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 1, 2016
For the second game in a row, Chelsea failed to trouble the opposition goalkeeper in the first 45 minutes and started in relatively underwhelming fashion again against Hull.
Although the end result is the most important thing, the Italian trainer will be concerned that his side are not coming out of the gate and looking to blow teams away.
The reverse was true against Arsenal last weekend, while this time round the visiting fans would have preferred their side to have shown more dominance in the early stages.
For a team of Chelsea’s calibre not to have even tested Hull with a shot on target in the first 45 minutes is something that Conte must have addressed at half-time and an area where the West London side can improve.