Three things Thomas Tuchel got right and one he got wrong as Chelsea beat Porto

Chelsea got their Champions League quarter-final off to the perfect start with a 2-0 victory over Porto in the first leg.

Mason Mount gave Thomas Tuchel’s side the lead on 32 minutes, lashing his shot past Marchesin following a sensational turn as he received a defence-splitting pass from Jorginho.

Before that, Chelsea had endured a nervy opening 25 minutes with Porto carving out chances and increasingly threatening Edouard Mendy’s goal.

Porto continued to look dangerous in the second half, but Chelsea kept them out before Ben Chilwell scored a superb goal late on to ensure his side take two potentially crucial away goals into next week’s second leg.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at what Tuchel got right and wrong for the first-leg clash against Porto.

Mason Mount celebrates after scoring for Chelsea against Porto
(Image: Chelsea Football Club)

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Three things Tuchel got right

Mount crucial again

Mount has been one of Chelsea’s most consistent performers under both Tuchel and his predecessor Frank Lampard, and proved crucial again against Porto.

The 22-year-old was benched for the defeat to West Brom at the weekend following his impressive performances for England – but was eventually called on at Stamford Bridge as he scored a consolation goal.

While that defeat inflicted a blow to Chelsea’s top-four hopes, Tuchel’s decision to rest one of his star men paid off in Sevilla, with Mount sharp as he seized on Jorginho’s through-ball to break the deadlock and net the first of two away goals.

Rudiger restored

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger returned to the team after his training ground bust-up with Kepa Arrizabalaga

Tuchel insisted ahead of the Porto clash that a training-ground bust-up between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga had been resolved, and the defender was given the nod in Seville.

The manager made five changes…


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