Once again disappointing, Havertz and Werner failed to score points while their substitutes, Giroud and Pulisic, were decisive.
Thomas Tuchel was largely happy after Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg win over Porto, but admitted both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz underperformed.
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored two away goals in the first leg at neutral Sanchez-Pizjuan’s pitch in Sevilla.
However, the score does not reflect the course of the game where the Blues struggled for part of the game against the champions Portugal. Partly that was because they were struggling to create chances, outside of Mount’s moment of magic, until their two German forwards were substituted in the 65th minute.
Tuchel admitted he wanted more from the duo and praised the impact of Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud, who made their comeback instead.
“I accept that it was a tough game for Timo and for Kai today, they didn’t have their best day and we didn’t put them in the best shape. The connection between the three up front the rest of the team was not up to the task, we have lost the link with them a bit “, Tuchel said after the victory.
“To have a little more impact the balls we delivered weren’t the best no. I felt that Kai and Timo were not at their top level today so I decided to ‘bring impact with the bench. ”
“Christian [Pulisic] is in good shape now. Oli [Giroud] has a good experience and fond memories of this stadium. We wanted to give the sign that we keep pushing. That’s the general mentality that I like about this club and this team and that’s what we also want to implement. ”
“The best way to defend is to attack. The best way to impress opponents is to have possession of the ball to always be a threat. I’m happy with the impact of our substitutions.”
With this success in experience, Chelsea can logically hope to see the last four. Something that has not happened since the coronation of 2012 …