Chelsea made it to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in seven years, despite losing to FC Porto 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has made three changes from the side that won 2-0 in the first leg of last week, with N’Golo Kante, Thiago Silva and Christian Pulisic returning to the starting lineup. I netted the brace during the 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace in Bruce on the weekend.
Its performance at Selhurst Park showed what it could do at the best of Tuchel’s side, but it was completely more stubborn on Tuesday night as the Portuguese opponent actually played the game. I was forced to create a nice display Premier League The side of the opening period.
Even though Edouard Mendy wasn’t overtested, the “visitor” jumped out of the block in Seville, two goals behind the first leg. Their energetic and high-press approach was unpleasant for Bruce for the first 45 minutes.
on the other hand Chelsea It threatened the speedy departure of Pulisic and Mason Mount on the side, but in the first half neither side recorded a shot at the target, so it was not possible to make an actual note.
The first effort to reach the goal wasn’t made until 67 minutes, and Jesús Corona teeed up for Mehdi Taremi, but Tuchel’s men were desperate to maintain the two-goal advantage, so his header was He was comfortably saved by Mendi.
Despite being forced to withstand the increasingly desperate Porto pressure, Bruce stood firm, Weidman’s Pulisic had an effective break and a series of fouls. I won and bought his side frequently.
That stubborn backline was finally broken by Taremi in the 93rd minute. Taremi created Iran’s international net with a sensational overhead kick, but in the end it was too late as the “host” won a total of 2 to 1.
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As a result, Chelsea have advanced to the Champions League semi-finals since 2014, which means that Real Madrid vs Liverpool winners will come. Tuchel admitted that although it was a “tough” match, his team deserved two wins. leg.
“We admitted that we needed a tough and tough fight,” he said. BT Sport.. “Maybe it wasn’t very good to watch on TV, but as a bystander, it was a very intense game and a very fast game.
“It was a tough fight and very difficult to play against them to escape the pressure. They attack in a fluid and aggressive way. They constantly change position. They are from behind. Coming, overlapping, you have to adapt to a lot of movements. Every minute after a tough start, we did it better and better.
“We defended well and deserved no runs. We had a better chance-not many-but a better half chance. We scored it with a goal. We had to hang there because we couldn’t finish, and everyone did it. Overall, we defeated Porto. It was a tough 180 minutes. “
Its progress to the last four of the tournament shows that the Germans have made great strides since walking the door in January. The 47-year-old revealed that it was “joy” to see his side fighting to grind. Get results.
“We had to play both defensively and aggressively,” he said. “Usually Porto is a team that can slow down the performance of other teams. It happened to the group stage and Manchester in Juventus. You have to accept that things are difficult.
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“Part of the performance is not letting other teams perform. We did this today. We didn’t accept the chance until the last lucky shot. Some in the last third We missed the counterattack and some touches and created a little more, but we are a young team. There were two guys who scored the first goal in the Champions League on the first leg. Must accept.
“It was an honor to see the fight and stand by with them to see them.”
Chelsea will face Manchester City in an appetizing FA Cup semi-final match on Saturday night.
– Soccer Sports
Despite losing to Porto 1-0, Tuchel reacts as Chelsea advance to the CL Semi.
https://thefootballfaithful.com/tuchel-reaction-chelsea-porto-champions-league/ Despite losing to Porto 1-0, Tuchel reacts as Chelsea advance to the CL Semi.