Chelsea bounced again from a checking out few days to extinguish a commanding first-leg quarter-final away employ over Porto within the Champions League.
Mason Mount’s artful turn and elevate out within the first half helped speak some welcome relief to Blues manager Thomas Tuchel after his facet’s heavy defeat to West Brom on Saturday, which turned into as soon as followed by a working in direction of ground incident between team of workers-mates Kepa Arrizabalaga and Antonio Rudiger.
Ben Chilwell added a gradual 2nd after a mistake by Corona, moments after replace Christian Pulisic had hit the bar.
Having conceded 5 desires towards West Brom, Chelsea produced a dogged defensive performance to extinguish a seventh stunning sheet in nine European games this season.
Skipper Cesar Azpilicueta’s needed block denied Corona before Edouard Mendy stored out Pepe’s header.
With every legs of this tie in Spain at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium attributable to coronavirus jog restrictions between Portugal and the UK, this turned into as soon as Porto’s ‘home’ sport, that potential Chelsea’s two away desires effect them in pole location before subsequent Tuesday’s 2nd leg.
Resilient Chelsea point to grit
This turned into as soon as the loyal response by Chelsea after final weekend’s embarrassment – a resilient, certain and genuine performance towards a team of workers that had eradicated Juventus within the outdated round.
Tuchel reacted to the West Brom shambles by making 5 adjustments, with Rudiger among those recalled irrespective of his ‘heated’ row with Arrizabalaga.
Rudiger executed his allotment in a ambitious Chelsea rearguard cloak, Porto carving out quite so much of probabilities without managing to gain a approach by strategy of.
Mendy venerable his legs to retain out Moussa Marega whereas Luis Diaz, who scored towards Manchester City within the neighborhood stage, went shut from outside the penalty home.
At the opposite end, Timo Werner and Azpilicueta overlooked headed probabilities to elongate the lead after Mount scored before Chilwell’s an primary 2nd – a indifferent elevate out after bursting into the penalty home and taking it past the keeper – gave his facet a lovely employ.
Mount impresses some other time
Mount continues to flourish, his goal the spotlight in what turned into as soon as for lengthy spells a closely-fought contest.
Having bought a pass from Jorginho following a affected person manufacture-up, the midfielder turned sharply and beat Agustin Marchesin with an instinctive low elevate out from an attitude.
Mount has scored extra desires in all competitions than some other Chelsea participant since Tuchel turned into as soon as appointed in January.
In 2020-21, he has found the secure for membership and country within the Premier League, International locations League, FA Cup, World Cup qualifying and now Champions League.
Having dropped out of the stop four, Chelsea will hope this result can propel them to a sturdy elevate out to the season.
The winners of this tie face True Madrid or Liverpool within the semi-finals – True lead 3-1 after the first leg – and the Blues moreover possess an FA Cup semi-final towards Manchester City on 17 April.
Mendy’s spectacular stunning sheet file – the stats
- Having won at Atletico Madrid in February, Chelsea possess won consecutive away knockout games within the Champions League for the first time since April 2004 beneath Claudio Ranieri.
- No facet has conceded fewer desires (2) or stored extra stunning sheets (7) on this season’s Champions League than Chelsea (level with Man City on every counts).
- Since Thomas Tuchel’s first sport responsible of Chelsea in January, no goalkeeper taking half in for a top 5 European league facet has stored extra stunning sheets in all competitions than Edouard Mendy (10).
- For the first time since March 2012 towards Napoli (John Terry & Frank Lampard), Chelsea possess had two varied English gamers gain for them within the identical Champions League match (Mason Mount & Ben Chilwell).
- Porto defender Pepe (38 years 40 days) turned the oldest outfield participant to seem in a Champions League quarter-final since Manchester United’s Ryan Giggs (40 years 123 days) again in April 2014.
Chelsea possess a London derby at Crystal Palace on Saturday (17: 30 BST) to negotiate before the return leg with Porto subsequent Tuesday (20: 00).
- 18Manafá JancóSubstituted forConceiçãoat 83′minutes
- 19MbembaBooked at 63minutes
- 17JM Corona
- 16GrujicBooked at 79minutes
- 25OtávioSubstituted forVieiraat 83′minutes
- 11MaregaSubstituted forMartínezat 83′minutes
- 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
- 14Morais Ramos
- 21Silva Baró
- 23Neto Lopes
- 28Felipe Anderson
- 30de Lima Barbosa
- 31Chipela Gomes
- 24JamesSubstituted forThiago Silvaat 80′minutes
- 17KovacicSubstituted forEmersonat 90+2′minutes
- 19MountSubstituted forKantéat 80′minutes
- 11WernerSubstituted forPulisicat 65′minutes
- 29HavertzSubstituted forGiroudat 65′minutes
- 6Thiago Silva
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Match ends, FC Porto 0, Chelsea 2.
2d Half of ends, FC Porto 0, Chelsea 2.
Offside, FC Porto. Fábio Vieira tries a by strategy of ball, nonetheless Chancel Mbemba is caught offside.
Immoral by Andreas Christensen (Chelsea).
Luis Díaz (FC Porto) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Substitution, Chelsea. Emerson replaces Mateo Kovacic.
Aim! FC Porto 0, Chelsea 2. Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) pleasing footed shot from very shut fluctuate to the bottom pleasing nook.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) hits the pleasing post with a excellent footed shot from the pleasing facet of the box. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic with a by strategy of ball.
Substitution, FC Porto. Fábio Vieira replaces Otávio.
Substitution, FC Porto. Toni Martínez replaces Moussa Marega.
Substitution, FC Porto. Francisco Conceição replaces Wilson Manafá.
Substitution, Chelsea. Thiago Silva replaces Reece James.
Substitution, Chelsea. N’Golo Kanté replaces Mason Mount.
Marko Grujic (FC Porto) is shown the yellow card for a sinful heinous.
Christian Pulisic (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Immoral by Marko Grujic (FC Porto).
Immoral by Ben Chilwell (Chelsea).
Corona (FC Porto) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Immoral by Mateus Uribe (FC Porto).
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