Thomas Tuchel’s men advance to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Porto.
Thanks to a 2-0 lead in the first leg in Portugal, Chelsea were looking forward to this return meeting with serenity. A serenity reinforced by the fact that the Blues continue to sign reassuring performances in the league under the aegis of Thomas Tuchel.
For this relocated and disputed match in Sevilla, Chelsea were dominated in the first act, but were able to control the Portuguese’s opportunities throughout the first period. Portuguese who did not know how to materialize their supremacy in the duels, them who shared very little possession at the start of the match.
Through experience and wear, Chelsea was able to control the exchanges and limit the damage under the watchful eye of the French referee of the match, Clément Turpin. 0-0, the score at rest with a lot of regrets on the Lusitanian side and a second period where everything still seemed possible.
While the two coaches did not make any changes at the end of the rest period, the match did not change much in appearance. Totally in management and ultimately quite unproductive, the Blues did everything to put the Dragons to sleep, but played a dangerous game.
Ben Chilwell had realized this and made the difference on his side before serving Pulisic … who missed his recovery in stride.
Faced with the minutes slipping in favor of the Londoners, Sergio Conceiçao, the Portuguese coach, made some offensive changes to revitalize his people.
But nothing worked, impossible for the visitors to instill madness in order to make the meeting ferocious, even if Mehdi Taremi cut off a service signed Jesus Manuel Corona, right side, with the passage of the vigilance of ‘Edouard Mendy, the goalkeeper of the Blues, with whom Chelsea has won their last 7 matches in the Champions League.
The Blues continued their serious and tireless squaring to cramp the experienced former Parisian Thiago Silva.
Efforts that would pay off nonetheless, because even if Taremi ended up rewarding Porto’s abnegation with a nice chisel returned to the 93rd, Tuchel’s men qualified for the semi-finals of the C1.