Every word Thomas Tuchel said on defeating Porto, Mason Mount’s hunger, Ben Chilwell’s composure

Do you have one foot in the semi-finals?

“It’s only half time [of the tie] and we experienced what can happen in football last Saturday. I feel a good atmosphere in the dressing room. We are happy but not too happy, excited but not too excited.

“We made a few good attacks and got two good goals today. It was hard for us to create touches in the box, find the right rhythm for a long time.

“Overall we escaped with a very, very good result. But it’s the quarter-finals and we have to keep on going, it will be necessary for another top performance and top mentality next Tuesday.”

First goals for Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell in the Champions League. Were they goals with real quality?

“There was a lot of composure from Chilly. It wasn’t so easy to score late because it was a physical and demanding match for him. We had a not so precise pass but Chilly was able to profit from the mistake of the defender and he stayed very calm.

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“He isn’t used to scoring so it was pretty impressive and gave us a big advantage. It was a big step to score a second goal.

“The first goal was very important for us because it came at a moment after which we had suffered a lot, that the team was too tense, we were not precise enough, we lacked rhythm, lacked the freedom to adapt to positions and be more active. Our game was a bit static.

“The finishing was clinical and the finish was excellent from Mason. He has the quality to do this and to do it in a quarter-final is a big step for him and a big help for the team. I am very happy about the two.”

Is Mason Mount the best young player in England?

“He is a young player from our academy a very important player for our squad at a young age. I can only repeat that he has the right mentality and attitude towards training and games. He has the right attitude towards success. He has both feet on the ground, is open and…


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