Chelsea v/s Porto 2-0: Chelsea defeated Porto 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash. The match was scheduled in Seville for Wednesday night. The English team was, crucially, the away team.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored the goals. The Blues came away with an excellent outcome even though it was far from straightforward. Throughout the game, there wasn’t much of a difference between the sides, with Chelsea getting the lion’s share of possession. The Portuguese side made more chances. Mason Mount scored his first Champions League goal after 32 minutes. It was a moment of sublime quality that ended the deadlock.
THE HEROIC GOAL
On the edge of the penalty box, the 22-year-old got a perfectly weighted pass from Jorginho. He expertly turned away from his marker and shooting past Agustin Marchesin, who should have done better. Mount became the club’s youngest player to score a Champions League knockout stage win. Porto came back into the game impressively. Christian Pulisic had just hit the crossbar when the west Londoners doubled their advantage in the 85th minute. Thanks to Ben Chilwell’s heroic goal-scoring performance.
The England left-back took advantage of a sloppy play. Porto’s Jesus Manuel Corona and stormed in on goal circled Marchesin and finished into an empty net. The defender’s brilliantly composed forward play. He gave his side a lead that would be very difficult to counter with two away goals to their cause.
Chelsea’s depth was shown by N’Golo Kante, Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic, and Thiago Silva. All come off the bench to contribute to the big win. The second half looked the more dangerous for most of the second half. But Chelsea scored the game’s second and final penalty.
The second leg will take place in the same stadium in Sevilla next Tuesday. Chelsea will again act as the “home team.”
FIVE KEY POINTS TO LEARN FROM THE FIRST LEG IN SEVILLA
Work pace, tactical agility, and excellent technique. And now for a goal in the Champions League.
Before his first-half strike, the particular footnote was already absent from Mount’s list of personal moments and highlights, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he finds the way through for the Blues.
More Bite & Togetherness
Thomas Tuchel may believe there is still room for improvement in the overall results from the night, but he may also believe this was an appropriate reaction to the weekend thrashing by West Brom.
That may be said for both persons and the team showing.
Jorginho was one of the players who received the most backlash last time out because of his perfect move to set up Mount’s goal was a nice personal moment for him.
More Warnings to come
Porto had their opportunities, and they believe they will bother Chelsea even more in the second leg when two key players are expected to return.
Both Mehdi Taremi and Sergio Oliveira were suspended for this leg, with the latter being the star from deep who put Juve to the sword in the previous round.
Within Tuchel’s first few weeks in charge, the team quickly switched to a 3-4-3 formation, with the wing-backs playing a vital tactical role in both halves of the field.
Although there were rotations, the new manager’s regular pairing was Marcos Alonso on the left and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the right – however, in this first leg, Ben Chilwell and Reece James were securely in position and outstanding throughout.
James worked hard, was a frequent out-baller on the counter, and offered a change of play to ease the pressure.
Coaching For Second-leg security
Both teams have games until the second leg, with Porto meeting mid-table opposition and Chelsea facing Crystal Palace, but coaching minds will also be thinking about how to handle the decisive battle.
Porto would naturally go on the offensive, which can serve Tuchel perfectly.