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Chelsea got the victory over Porto at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium tonight, in what was a keenly contested match.
Chelsea will take a 2-0 lead into next week’s return leg, as they bid to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2014.
Porto promised to give Chelsea a difficult game, and the Portuguese giants kept to their word.
They were indeed tactically prepared for Thomas Tuchel’s team and were the better team in the first half. Chelsea couldn’t pass out from the back with ease, and the Portuguese side were very fierce in the pressing in the middle of the park.
Thomas Tuchel cut a frustrated figure in the Chelsea dugout, but things changed for better in the 32nd minute when Chelsea took the lead.
A fine turn from Mason Mount with a fine strike to match broke the Porto defence, and from that moment Chelsea went on to play their football.
A moment of brilliance from Mount changed the game, as Chelsea eased through the rest of the encounter with much more confidence and coherence.
Speaking at half-time, Clinton Morrison heaped praise on Mount, as he told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It only took half a chance for Mason Mount to make the goal for himself.
“He hasn’t really been in the game but it only took one chance for him. Big players turn up for big games and at that point, Mount turned up.”