Chelsea continue to ride the crest of the wave under Thomas Tuchel after a convincing 2-0 defeat by Porto in the first game of the quarter-final draw in Sevilla.
Coincidence as it happened, reaction
The match in short
Porto had their chances in the first half, but it took a moment of Mason Maun’s magic to open the goal, and the England striker in form turned around Zaidu with one wonderful touch before finishing the second set of Agustín Marchesín.
The home side had extra chances after the break, Moussa Marega was bothered in the first place by the speed of Edouard Mendy from his line, but the blues threatened.
Cesare Azpilicuete’s header from close range missed the goal, and Christian Pulišić’s powerful shot crashed on the crossbar, but Ben Chilwell didn’t make such a mistake after catching Jesús Corona in possession and rounding up Marchesin to throw into the unguarded net.
Man of the match: Jorginho (Chelsea)
“He gave a pass to Mount for the first goal and always offered to take the ball. Also very good on defense and in the right place all the time.”
Cosmin Contra, UEFA Technical Observer
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Carlos Machado, reporter from Porto
Porto was a better team for spells, but in the end two defensive failures proved costly. The Portuguese team was brave and executed their game plan, but failed to score. They have proven they can compete with Chelsea, so the tie is not over. They need to be more clinical in front of the goal and more concentrated in the back.
Jon Phipps, Chelsea journalist
A crunchy and determined depiction of Chelsea, illuminated by two moments of real quality. They had to withstand the storm for most of this first game, but they did it superbly, standing strong against the pressure of Porto. Mount’s turnaround and goal was sublime at first, and Chilwell’s goal was also something special. A solid performance in the face of constant pressure and two away goals are just the ticket to Tuchel’s accusations.
Mason Mount, Chelsea scorer: “I’m thrilled with the first one [Champions League] the goal came in a big win. It was a great performance by all of us. It was hard; we knew they were a very good team. They put pressure on us, but we defended ourselves very well. The tie is not over, we have to enter the second game with the same mentality as tonight. “
Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea coach: “The result is great against a very good team from Porto. There were a lot of moments where we suffered but we accepted them. We are happy to leave with this result, but it is only half time. Porto is a proud and emotional club that will not give up . “
• Both Mount and Chilwell scored their first goals in the UEFA Champions League.
• At 22 years and 87 days, Mount became the youngest Chelsea scorer ever in a UEFA Champions League knockout match.
• Pepe appeared in his 103rd appearance in the UEFA Champions League (group stage to the final), moving up the all-time list with compatriot Luis Figo.
• Chelsea have kept clean tables in seven of the nine UEFA Champions League games this season.
• César Azpilicueta was the captain of Chelsea in the 150th game.
• Mateo Kovačić enrolled in the 50th appearance of the UEFA Champions League, from the group stage to the final.
Porto: Marchesín; Manafá (Francisco Conceição 83), Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu; Corona, Grujić, Uribe, Otávio (Toni Martínez 83); Luis Diaz, Marega (Fábio Vieira 83)
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; James (Thiago Silva 80), Jorginho, Kovacic (Emerson (90 + 2), Chilwell; Mount (Kanté 80), Havertz (Giroud 65), Werner (Pulisic 65)
Both teams are in league action on Saturday, while Porto are away from the middle table of Tondela, and the Blues are also away, although they remain in London and occupy the 12th position of Crystal Palace. The rematch takes place on Tuesday, April 13.