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Chelsea have secured passage to the semi-final of the Champions League after a 2-1 aggregate victory over Porto.
It was a difficult second leg tie in Seville, with Chelsea conceding a late goal to Mehdi Taremi overhead kick.
Speaking after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted that he missed the impact of Mateo Kovacic in the middle of the park, and also revealed a sad blow that the Croatian international will also be missed in the coming game against Manchester City.
Tuchel then dedicated Chelsea’s victory to the absent Croatian.
“Unfortunately yes I was very sad yesterday to see him after twenty minutes in training to have this little muscle injury more or less out of nothing,” said Tuchel.
“We played little boxes after training just to have a little sweat and he felt his hamstring. So he is for sure out of the game gainst City as well which is a big loss.
“I was very sad for him because we don’t have so many experienced players that have played Champions League many times so if you see him when the anthem is playing and he stands there that he’s relaxed and he’s a hard fighter – everyone is happy to have him around.
“So we did it for him today.”