Tuchel singles out two Chelsea players for praise after hard-fought win over Porto

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Chelsea defeated Porto 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Wednesday night.

A first half goal from Mason Mount just after 30 minutes put Chelsea in a good place against a difficult Porto team, and Ben Chilwell scored a late effort to seal a 2-0 victory.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was pleased with the two goalscorers and singled them out for praise when speaking to the media after the game.

“It was a tough match against a strong Porto side,” he said.

“There were many moments where we suffered. We accepted it. The circumstances are a bit different in a quarter-final. The spirit was good and it was an excellent result.

“I’m very happy that he [Mason Mount] scores. A very important goal that opened up the game. It calmed the nerves. Not an easy shot but very precise. Very happy for Mason. He took responsibility.

“[Ben Chilwell’s goal was] excellent. He kept composure and went round the keeper. It was super important to get the second away goal.

“Chilly forced the mistake and kept his cool in the box. We’re very happy to go away with this result but it’s only half-time.”

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