Thomas Tuchel praised Chelsea’s two goals – Mason Mount W. Ben Chilwell After they beat Porto 2-0 in the first leg Champions League Quarter-finals.

“I am so happy [Mount] Scored,” Tuchel said. “It was an important goal and it opened the game for us and calmed our nerves. It was not an easy shot but it was very accurate. I am very happy for Mason, he takes responsibility. Mason is meticulous in the final touches and always ready to help. We are.”

Mount opened the scoring for Chelsea as the Blues came under great pressure in the first half. Left back Ben Chilwell then killed the match late in the second half after rounding the goalkeeper to put the Blues ahead 2-0.

“[Ben Chilwell] “Excellent because he kept his composure to pass the goalkeeper. It was very important to score the second goal away from home. As I said, we lacked a little bit of rhythm in our attack but there was always a chance to score a goal from a mistake from our opponent,” Tuchel said.

Chelsea are now the favorites to qualify for the semi-finals, having scored two crucial goals away from home in the second leg. If the Blues qualify, they will face either Real Madrid or Liverpool in the semi-finals.

He was “absolutely sure” Chelsea’s reaction after the West Brom defeat: Thomas Tuchel

Reese James (left) and Mason Mount
Reese James (left) and Mason Mount

There were doubts and concerns about Stamford Bridge after Chelsea fell 5-2 at home to West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League last weekend. After the match, Tuchel praised his team for their strong reaction after the defeat.

“I was absolutely sure [there would be a reaction to the West Brom defeat] Because I saw the response after the match in the dressing room. Tuchel emphasized that this was not of great concern.

“We lost a big loss but it was our responsibility but we accepted it. We were ready to respond. There will always be setbacks in football, the challenge is recovery.”

Tuchel was also a complement to Chelsea FC Porto competitor, who claimed to have made his team “suffer” in moments.

“They are a proud club and a proud team, so there were moments where we struggled. But we accepted that and I can see conditions a bit different in the quarter-finals. In some moments it was a good match, in some moments we struggled. But the spirit was good.”

The Blues will now be looking forward to a crucial week in which they play Crystal Palace ahead of the second leg in Seville and FA cup Semi-final against Manchester City.

Posted on April 8, 2021, 6:32 GMT