Thomas Tuchel has heaped reward on Chelsea’s two goalscorers – Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell – following their 2-0 win in opposition to Porto within the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals.
“I am very, very happy [Mount] scored,” Tuchel stated. “It was an important goal and opened up the game for us and calmed nerves. It wasn’t an easy shot but very precise. I am very happy for Mason, he takes responsibility. Mason is precise with his finishing and always ready to help us.”
Mount opened the scoring for Chelsea whereas the Blues had been put beneath appreciable stress within the first half. Following that, left-back Ben Chilwell killed the sport late within the second half after rounding the keeper to place the Blues 2-0 up.
“[Ben Chilwell] excellent because he kept his composure to go past the goalkeeper,” Tuchel stated. “It was super important to get the second away goal. Like I said, we lacked a bit of rhythm in our attack but there was always a chance to get a goal from a mistake from our opponent.”
Chelsea are actually the favorites to qualify for the semifinals after choosing up two essential away objectives going into the second leg. If the Blues qualify, they are going to face both Real Madrid or Liverpool within the semi-finals.
Was ‘fairly certain’ of a response from Chelsea after West Brom defeat: Thomas Tuchel
There had been doubts and considerations round Stamford Bridge after Chelsea fell 5-2 at house to West Bromwich Albion within the Premier League final weekend. Following the match, Tuchel hailed his facet for his or her sturdy response after the defeat.
“I was pretty sure [there would be a reaction to the West Brom defeat] because I saw the response after the game in the dressing room. That wasn’t a big concern,” Tuchel asserted.
“We had 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 to bounce back.”
Tuchel was additionally complimentary of Chelsea’s opponents FC Porto, whom he claimed made his facet “suffer” in moments.
“They are a proud club and a proud team, so there were moments when we suffered. But we accepted it and I could see the circumstances are a bit different in a quarterfinal. In some moments it was a good game, in some moments we suffered. But the spirit was good,” the German stated.
The Blues will now sit up for a vital week throughout which they play Crystal Palace earlier than the second leg in Sevilla and the FA Cup semi-final in opposition to Manchester City.