By winning against Porto in the quarter-final first leg (2-0), Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel took a good option for qualifying for the semi-finals of the Champions League, before the return match next Tuesday at Stamford Bridge.
Swept last weekend by West Bromwich in the Premier League (2-5), Chelsea regained color this Wednesday night, and defensive strength in their quarter-final first leg of the Champions League against Porto (2-0) . By winning in Seville, in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium – and not in Porto because of the sanitary conditions – the Blues of Thomas Tuchel took a very good option for the qualification in the semifinals of the C1.
Mount’s solo act
Despite holding more than 60%, Chelsea suffered, a lot, without conceding clear chances. Porto, who had qualified in the round of 16 against Juventus thanks to a solid defensive block, showed more offensive inclinations on Wednesday evening “at home”. But Sergio Conceiçao’s players gave in on the Blues’ first and only strike in the first period.
A goal from a Mason Mount solo act. Well served by Jorginho, the English midfielder achieved superb control oriented to erase Zaidu Sanusi before perfectly deceiving Agustin Marchesin with a cross strike (32nd). Despite the Portuguese domination, Mount could have afforded a double after his first goal in C1, but Pepe came to cut off this golden opportunity (60th).
A first half in C1 since 2014?
Cesar Azpilicueta could also have doubled the free kick (64th) if his head had not grazed the frame of the Porto goalkeeper. The second English goal came later on a high recovery from Ben Chilwell, who went to deceive Marchesin (85th). Chelsea therefore left Sevilla with a great advantage. Tuchel can be satisfied, a few days after the debacle against West Brom, to have seen his players scramble defensively as they were pushed around in the game.
Substitutes at the kick-off, Olivier Giroud and N’Golo Kanté participated in this victory at the end of the match. With this success, Chelsea can calmly approach the second leg at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday. And consider qualifying for the C1 semi-finals for the first time since the 2013-2014 season.
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