The Blues advance to the Champions League semi-finals with a defensive approach against their Portuguese opponents.
Thomas Tuchel acknowledged that Chelsea’s success in the second leg against Porto on Tuesday was probably not appealing to most viewers, but said he still enjoys watching how his side execute their tactical plan. The Blues conceded a magnificent goal from Mehdi Taremi late in the game, but did enough to qualify with a 2-1 aggregate score in the double-face, limiting Porto to just two shots on target as their conservative approach to the match proved to be effective.
Chelsea – Porto 0-1, it goes for Tuchel and his troops
Tuchel called Taremi’s kick “lucky” and said Chelsea were otherwise near perfect in their defensive performance in the second leg. “It was a pleasure to see them fight and to be on the sidelines with them to see them get things done.“Tuchel told BT Sport.”We took whatever it took, it was a tough and difficult fight. Maybe on TV it wasn’t that pleasant to watch but, on the side, it was a very intense game, a very fast game. “
“Porto are attacking smoothly and aggressively. They change positions all the time. They come from defense, they go fast and you have to adapt to a lot of movements. Every minute we have done it better and better. after a difficult start. We defended well and deserved a clean sheet. We had the best chances – not many – but the best half-chances “, added the German technician.
“Until the goal, we did not concede any chances”
“We couldn’t finish with a goal so we had to hang in there and the guys did. Overall we deserved to beat Porto. It was 180 tough minutes.”, concluded Thomas Tuchel. Developing his tactical philosophy, Thomas Tuchel noted that he wanted the Blues to be effective on the counter attack to keep Porto from feeling completely comfortable launching fully forward.
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“We had to play defensively but also offensively”, said the coach. “Normally Porto are a team that can make other teams underperform. It happened to Man City in the group stage and to Juventus. We have to accept that things will be difficult. Part of the performance is not letting the other team play and we did that today. Until the lucky stroke of the last minute, we did not concede any opportunity. ”
“We missed a few counterattacks and a few touches in the last third to create a bit more but we’re a young team. We had two guys who scored their first Champions League goals in the first leg. We have to accept them. circumstances“, concluded the German technician. In the semi-final, Chelsea will face the winner of the double confrontation between Real Madrid and Liverpool.