Mount & Chilwell score first UCL goals in 2-0 first-leg victory.
FC Porto have a mountain to climb after Mason & co’s performance send Chelsea one step closer to the summit of European football.
A stunning turn and finish from Chelsea’s Mason Mount & a well taken Chilwell goal proved to be enough to secure a 2-0 first-leg victory over Porto in Seville.
The stunning first goal came in the 31st minute from Mount and was the moment of magic needed to make the breakthrough.
A spirited effort from the Portuguese side in the second half was nullified by a stubborn Chelsea defence.
Chilwell rounded off the win in the 85th minute pouncing on a tired defensive error to score a vital second away goal.
The return leg will take place a week today at the same Seville venue, this time with Porto acting as the away side.
The first half in Seville began as many would’ve expected.
Chelsea had the lion share of possession with Porto happy to sit back in their rigid 4-4-2 system.
A stunning 12th minute volley by Porto’s Uribe gave the Londoners an early scare, but it was set pieces where the home side looked most dangerous.
Goalkeeper Mendy was almost caught out directly from a corner before the rebound was squandered by Porto’s Manafa, the sides best chance of the half.
Signs of a Porto lead were soon forgotten when Jorginho’s fizzed pass was taken on the turn by Mason Mount and drilled into the bottom corner.
The turn was reminiscent of a certain Dennis Bergkamp, a real show of how much confidence and ability Mount has to offer.
The goal came slightly against the run of play, Chelsea would’ve been very content going into half time with a lead and a clean sheet.
The home side on the night, who were meeting Chelsea for the 9th time in the Champions League, came out aggressive in the second half.
A high press was implemented with the Porto manager clearly giving instructions to be more assertive and direct.
The Blues , playing in pink tonight, dealt with the increased pressure well and Porto could only settle for snap shots and half chances.
As the second half went on it was clear Porto were tiring and missing their two star players on the night.
Striker Medhi Taremi and midfield catalyst Sérgio Oliveira have scored 40% of Porto’s goals this season, and both of their respective suspensions proved costly.
The fatigued legs of Porto kept pressing for an equaliser, with Chelsea sporadically having opportunities on the counter attack.
Chelsea injected fresh legs through Pulisic and Giroud with Porto having very little to offer from the bench.
The sucker punch goal came in the 85th minute, wing-back Chilwell pounced on a loose touch from Porto’s Corona, before cooly rounding the keeper and finishing in the empty net.
Both Mount and Chilwell scoring their first ever goals in the champions league.
Certainly in Mount’s case, it could be the first of many with his inspiring form continuing again tonight.
An away victory & clean sheet was exactly what the Londoners needed after Saturday’s 5-goal disaster against West Brom.
The win was certainly deserved with the game being under Blues control for most of the 90 minutes.
Tuchel’s men head to Crystal Palace this Saturday before the return leg against Porto in Seville next Tuesday.