- Thomas Tuchel saw his Chelsea side take a giant step towards the Champions League semifinal
- Goals by Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell handed the Blues a well-deserved 2-0 first leg win
- Tuchel stated that he knew his boys would bounce back; as he praised the goal scorers
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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has expressed delight following his side’s 2-0 win over Portuguese side FC Porto in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
The tactician heaped praises on goal scorers Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell as they take a giant step towards the semifinal of the competition.
He stated that he was sure his boys would bounce back from their Premier League loss to West Brom over the weekend after they played most parts of that game with 10 men.
Following their 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday night, Tuchel admitted that their opponents were a very strong side but the spirit in the Chelsea team was good.
He told BT Sport via GOAL:
"It was a tough match against a strong Porto side. There were many moments where we suffered. We accepted it. The circumstances are a bit different in a quarter-final. The spirit was good and it was an excellent result.
"I was pretty sure about that [they'd react well after the WBA defeat]. I saw a response immediately in the dressing room and the next day. That wasn't a big concern. We were ready to respond. There will always be setbacks in sports. The biggest challenge is to bounce back.
"We had a lot of excellent results together, then we had a loss together and then a reaction after a loss together. That brings us closer together and increases the trust."
Real Madrid earlier took a huge step towards booking a place in the semifinals of the competition after seeing off Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg of their last eight at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.
Vinicius Jr was arguably the man of the moment during the thrilling clash, with the Real youngster stepping up to fill the void left by a number of key players who missed the clash.
Legit.ng earlier reported that despite failing to qualify for this season’s Champions League competition, Premier League club Arsenal maintain their record at the competition so far.
The Gunners remain the only team who own the record of 995 minutes without conceding a goal, a feat which was set during the 2005/2006 season.
Manchester City were getting close to equaling such amazing record having gone 788 minutes without conceding before Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus struck in City’s 2-1 win on Tuesday night, April 6.