Thomas Tuchel revealed that with his immediate reaction to the West Brom loss, Chelsea had no doubt they would react against Porto in the Champions League.
Chelsea traveled to Seville to play the Champions League quarter-finals in the first leg on Wednesday. After the heavy 5-2 defeat against the Baggies on Saturday, Tuchel’s record of 14 games ended unbeaten at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea, however, reacted strongly when Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored their first Champions League goals to secure a 2-0 win over the Portuguese champions. This means that Tuchel’s team is close to the first semi-finals in seven years.
For Tuchel, the result and the type of performance were at stake the moment his players had the opportunity to reflect on their shock defeat by the Baggies threatened with relegation.
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“I was pretty sure [there would a response to West Brom]”Tuchel said after winning at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in Seville, the venue for both sections of the quarter-finals due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
“I saw the reaction in the locker room immediately after the game and it wasn’t a big problem the next day.
“We had a big loss. It was our responsibility and we accepted it – me included. We were ready to answer, we said that and that is it. There will always be setbacks in the sport and the biggest challenge has been now in doing this. ” bounce off.
“We’ve had a lot of wins together, a lot of great results. We’ve had a loss and now we have a reaction after a loss together. It brings us closer and increases confidence. It was important to concede a goal and a win right after that Defeat. “
Chelsea at times had to ride their luck against a side from Porto who were very confident after knocking out Serie A champions Juventus in the preliminary round. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy made a number of good saves to thwart Pepe and Moussa Marega.
After Mount’s masterful goal in the first half – his first goal in European elite club competition on the 15th attempt – and Chilwell’s hard-working second place, the Blues secured a well-deserved lead of two goals in the first leg.
2 – For the first time since March 2012 against Napoli (John Terry & Frank Lampard), Chelsea have scored two different English players in the same UEFA Champions League game (Mason Mount & Ben Chilwell). Lions. pic.twitter.com/0VtT3in7ar
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“The result is excellent,” added Tuchel. “It was a tough game against a strong team from Porto who are very difficult to play and have good individual skills.
“They are a proud club, a proud team, an emotional team and there were many moments when we suffered. We accepted that. The circumstances in a quarter-finals are different.”
“Some moments were good, some moments we suffered, but the spirit was good and the result was excellent. I am very happy to get that result. It’s fantastic, but it’s only half-time [in the tie] and we have to go on. “
During the first Champions League strikes in Mount and Chilwell, the Chelsea boss added: “I am very happy that he is [Mason] scored, it was a very important goal, an away goal that opened the game and helped everyone’s nerves. It wasn’t an easy shot, but it was very precise.
“Chilwell’s goal was excellent, he’s not a regular goalscorer but he kept his composure, went around the goalkeeper and it was super important to get the second away goal.”
“We lacked a bit of rhythm and precision when attacking, but there was always the possibility of an opponent’s mistake to score and Chilwell forced you and kept his cool in the box.”
Analysis: Mountain grows more important
Nick Wright from Sky Sports:
Tuchel praised Mount even more after the game, praising his demeanor and mentality after the 22-year-old’s great opener sent Chelsea on their way to victory.
Mount’s goal made him Chelsea’s youngest top scorer in the Champions League knockout stages, but age is no barrier to him. Since he was banned from Tuchel’s first line-up as Chelsea head coach, he has become just as important as his predecessor Frank Lampard.
In fact, he is growing in stature. His goal at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan was his eighth part of the season, which means he has already hit his grand for all of last season and it wasn’t all he was offering.
Mount has usually been hardworking against Porto, taking his usual industry off the ball, and his goal showed all the qualities he brings to them in an offensive sense. First there was the smart move of positioning yourself between two Porto defenders, then the deft twist and the clinical ending.
He only turned 22 in January, but Mount becomes the full package and Tuchel knows it.