SEVILLE, Spain: A goal from Mason Mount helped Chelsea win 2-0 in their first leg against Porto, squandering so many chances that it was difficult for them to hope of creating another surprise in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Mount’s attempt in the first half was already painful enough for Porto, who played better for most of the match in Seville but repeatedly lacked the sharpness to create an advantage.
On the other hand, their frustration was completed when Ben Chilwell took advantage of a defensive error late in the second half that gave Chelsea another crucial goal away and getting closer to the semi -finals.
Opponents’ goals are only in name when the two teams play at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan’s foreign court, where they will meet again next week.
Porto, who were in action as hosts, wore their main jerseys, displayed large banners on empty seats and club songs reverberated before kick -off.
Chelsea also played their part, putting on a classic performance at the opponent’s venue while absorbing pressure and threatening their opponents through quick counter -attacks and the quality shown at the end of a real effective rivalry.
Real Madrid could be an opponent for the visitors after they beat Liverpool 3-1 yesterday.
“There was a great atmosphere in the dressing room, we were happy but not overbearing, excited but not overbearing,” Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said.
“We need to have the best mentality and the best performance next Tuesday.”
Mount’s goal made him the youngest Chelsea player to score in the Champions League at the age of 22 at 87 days while Chilwell’s second goal meant the club featured two goals from England for the first time since 2012.
Chelsea’s victory also means it has somewhat reduced the shock of a 5-2 home defeat to West Brom in the English Premier League (EPL) which ended a 14-match unbeaten streak of Tuchel since his appointment.
“After losing a weird match, we say the best situation is to feature a match without conceding and this makes it very valuable, a good result,” Tuchel said.