Three things we learned from Porto – Chelsea
Porto v Chelsea: Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored early and late as Chelsea struck a 2-0 win over Porto in Seveille to take a comfortable lead on Stamford Bridge after 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
This was almost exactly what Thomas Tuchel wanted from the party, few chances for the hosts and a lot for the visitors as well as timely parades by Eduoard Mendy.
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Given the defensive record of the Blues under Tuchel, Tuesday's second leg at home (still in Seville) is a near impossible question of the round's underdog history.
The Porto and Chelsea winners will face either Liverpool or Real Madrid in the semi-finals. Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in Spain on Tuesday.
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We learned three things from Porto - Chelsea
1. Promotion: Chelsea took the lead with a nice slice of football. Mount spun into the 8 with his first touch of Jorginho's entry pass and slid into the far post from the right side of the 18th. Chelsea are undoubtedly much better under Thomas Tuchel, who is not afraid to choose his best players, even if they are not hot young Englishmen, but thank Frank Lampard for recognizing the enormous potential at Mount and for making the youngsters ride the lean games and learn on the job. It's paying off now. Mount wasn't the star of the game, but the technique and the nous at his opener were the right combination to break a very decent defense that is one of only three teams Man City has over 90 minutes off the scoreboard this season keep away (Man United x2, Tottenham).
2. Pulisic Watch: Thomas Tuchel tore Havertz shortly after the youngster failed to make it 2-0, and Christian Pulisic arrived in Seville with a 25-minute lead. The American smashed the crossbar from 18 yards in the 84th minute and that was his only (very minor) misstep in a 17-touch day holding his position when Chelsea took the lead. Pulisic made 10 of 11 passes and committed a foul.
3. The second goal was come and come and come…. and finally came back from the left: Timo Werner almost headed Agustin Marchesin at the end of the first half and soon collected a shot from distance and prepared Kai Havertz for the 2-0 that only Pepe seemed to be able to offer enough to get in the way of the Chelsea striker. Christian Pulisic then rattled the bar after coming on for Havertz. It was about a minute later when Chelsea got their second, and after Werner, Havertz, Mount, Pulisic and Giroud had all played, it was Ben Chilwell who showed the magic of a striker as he danced 2-0 for Marchesin.
Man of the game: Eduoard Mendy
The goalkeeper made five saves and was very good with the ball at his feet. He completed 28 of 33 passes and contributed 48 touches. The best save came in the first half when Moussa Marega thought the 1-1 was inevitable. He passed Antonio Rüdiger, but his shot wasn't ideal and Mendy kicked the ball away.
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