Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that it is “absolutely necessary” for his side to produce a reaction against Porto on Wednesday night after a 5-2 defeat by West Brom.
After a 14-game unbeaten run, Chelsea suffered their first defeat under Tuchel on Saturday, and a draw in the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday was a test of the Blues’ character.
And they passed the test. Goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell helped Chelsea to their first 2-0 win in Seville to put them one step closer to advancing to the semi-finals.
Chelsea were still suspicious in areas, especially before the sublime opener of the Mount in the 32nd minute, but it was an improved performance and the result was the most important aspect of the night at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Reporters asked Tuchel how important it is for his side to show reaction as they try to start another unbeaten streak in the final stages of the season.
“Yes, it was absolutely necessary to show those small details and reaction,” Tuchel said after the match. “We had a lot of good results in a row, so we had a very bad result and the first defeat on Sunday. It was an opportunity to come back and show a reaction, so it was our first joint defeat and the first reaction we had.
“It was a tough game because Porto was very, very strong. We suffered a little bit because I felt a bit tense and not precise enough, free enough or brave enough during the first half, so our life was hard because Porto showed Absolutely we accepted it and it took us a bit of luck to escape with 2: 0 and a clean sheet, but after the recognition last Saturday and the defeat in such a strange game.
“The best way would be to escape and make a clean goal right away, and this makes this result very valuable. I am very happy that we had a lot of possession, we could very well escape the pressure and substitutions were a big help to me today.
“So, it was our first response after the first joint defeat and I am very pleased with the result. I can understand that we felt tension when it comes to the quarterfinals and accept the quality of Porto. They are a proud club and an emotional club, an emotional team. So the players are very they know very well what they did today and they have to repeat it on Tuesday. “
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