Thomas Tuchel revealed Chelsea’s immediate reaction to defeat against West Brom left him in no doubt they would respond against Porto in the Champions League.
Chelsea travelled to Seville for Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first-leg smarting from Saturday’s heavy 5-2 defeat to the Baggies, which abruptly ended Tuchel’s club-record 14-game unbeaten start to life at Stamford Bridge.
But Chelsea produced an emphatic response as Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored their first Champions League goals to secure a 2-0 victory over the Portuguese champions which leaves Tuchel’s side on the brink of a first semi-final appearance in seven years.
For Tuchel, the result and manner of the performance was on the cards the moment his players had the chance to reflect on their shock defeat at the hands of the relegation-threatened Baggies.
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“I was pretty sure [there would a response to West Brom],” Tuchel said after the win at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, the stand-in venue for both legs of the quarter-final due to coronavirus travel restrictions.
“I saw the response immediately after the game in the dressing room and the next day, it was not a big concern.
“We had a big loss; it was our responsibility and we accepted it – me included. We were ready to respond, that is what we said, and this is it. There will always be setbacks in sport and the biggest challenge now was to bounce back.
“We have had a lot of wins together, a lot of excellent results. We had a loss and now we have a reaction after a loss together, and that brings us closer and increases the trust. It was important to have a clean sheet and a win straight after that defeat.”
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