Tuchel’s Chelsea take comfortable first-leg lead against Porto on Wednesday
Chelsea take the upper hand against FC Porto with a two-goal lead. Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell score their first ever Champions League goals.
After a recent embarrassing 5-2 Premiere League loss to onward relegating team West Bromwich, Chelsea managed to regain some morale by defeating the Portuguese club 2-0 at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday.
According to Sportstar, Having conceded five goals against West Brom, Chelsea produced a solid defensive performance to earn a seventh clean sheet in nine European games this season.
Porto thumped Juventus out in the last round on away goals. They were missing their two top-scorers Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi who showed an unbelievable display but were yellow-carded to miss their next game in the previous UCL fixture.
Midfielder Mount ran on to a sharp pass from Jorginho, then with a quick turn and shot past the defender; he fired the ball low and hard into the left corner to rip Porto open in the 32nd minute and score his first Champions League goal.
Porto had 12 shots in total, with only five on target. They almost scored in the first half when the Portuguese defender Pepe landed a powerful header after a cross but failed to get it past the Blues’ goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy.
The pressure to advance was already built up onto Porto when the English left-back Benjamin Chilwell also scored his first Champions League goal in the closing minutes of the game. An error by the Porto defender Jesus Corona, Chilwell stole the ball, parried it past the keeper, and put it into the empty goal. This very well reminded the Chelsea fans of Fernando Torres’s 90th-minute goal against Barcelona in the 2012 Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea, under the spell of Thomas Tuchel, has played 16 matches, out of which they have lost only one. Struggling a little with his attacking positions, Chelsea is fortified back in the defensive areas. Mendy was made the Player of the Match after making five saves and avoiding an almost inevitable 1-1 equalizer.