Pulisic 8/10, Jorginho 7/10 as Chelsea see first leg advantage to reach UCL semi-finals

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Chelsea survived a superb late goal to take their place in the Champions League semi-finals, Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to FC Porto to Sevilla in the second leg was not enough to undo their 2-0 victory from last week at the same location.

Mehdi Teremi made Chelsea’s hearts beat when he scored with an incredible kick in added time, but it was too little, too late for Porto who were disappointing tonight.

In truth, Thomas Tuchel’s team was rarely troubled. Porto started the game on the front foot and they pressed Chelsea on the pitch. Yet despite all their possession, the visitors created very little in front of goal.

Chelsea failed to shoot at the opposite end and the overall game was disjointed and disjointed, allowing the Blues their way to the finish line.

In the end, it was a simple night for the Blues, but a bigger test will inevitably follow in the last four.

Positive

Chelsea would have expected to face some pressure, but Porto offered few chances which is a testament to how the Blues handled the game. In fact, Chelsea had the best scoring opportunities and in the end it was a relatively nerve-wracking night for the Blues. At the other end, the Blues were extremely resolute in defense of turns and free kicks.

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Negative

Chelsea will need to find new gear for everyone they face in the semi-finals. Their game was disjointed, sometimes capricious passing and creativity in the last third a bit cumbersome.

Manager score out of 10

8 – It was by no means a classic, but Thomas Tuchel will be delighted with the way his team handled the game. They managed the score well and reduced Porto to few chances. It was rambling, but a job done, and now Chelsea are surprisingly in the semi-finals.

Player ratings (1 to 10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes do not receive any marks)

GK Edouard Mendy, 5 ans – Mendy had little to do except on a header tied to Taremi’s goal, whose effort lacked power to find the corner. Previously, Mendy had almost been caught off guard when a bad play found Jesus Corona, but the Mexican’s strike was blocked by Jorginho.

DF Cesar Azpilicueta, 6 ans – In a disjointed game, the skipper sets the example. He was often in the right place at the right time in performing his defensive duties, and he appeared with a sharp pass to the other end.

DF Thiago Silva, 6 ans – Silva was a calming presence at the back and his experience towards the end was vital, with the Brazilian often going down to remove the sting of the game.

DF Antonio Rudiger, 7 years old – Such a rambling game suited Rudiger and he was clearly ready for a battle. He hardly let it pass and reacted very quickly if Ben Chilwell needed to take cover. His distribution wasn’t great, but with Chelsea having to defend so many corners and free kicks, his presence was important.

DF Reece James, 5 years old – It was a frustrating night for James who hadn’t had the usual space to move forward. Instead, he was tied up and constantly put under pressure, which meant his death was sometimes harassed.

DF Ben Chilwell, 6 ans – The England international made a key block at the back post to block Marko Grujic’s header on a Porto corner before the break. It was a mixed performance otherwise. He improved as the match progressed and while his bonding play was good, his decision making in defense was questionable.

MF Jorginho, 7 years old –The Italy international made a key block to turn Corona down when Mendy made a mistake and played a key role in keeping Chelsea so compact. Without doubt one of Chelsea’s best players on the evening.

MF N’Golo Kante, 6 years old – Kante broke off an attack early on and was his usual banditry. There was little quality in running with the ball at his feet, but he was there to prevent Porto from getting tied again, and for that he was extremely effective.

MF Mason Mount, 6 – Mount had Chelsea’s first effort of the game, but his shot was widely deflected. It really summed up his evening; a frustrating night he was good in the break but it didn’t really click for him in the final third.

MF Christian Pulisic, 8 years old – The fit American was brilliant throughout and his energy was infectious, if not a bit too much for Porto defenders. He had several chances to kill the tie, the best of which was a volley opportunity, but he couldn’t make proper contact.

FW Kai Havertz, 6 – The German was released right from the start and probably should have had a chance as he was a one-on-one.

Substitutes

MF Hakim Ziyech, N / R – An odd substitution considering Chelsea were in defense at the time, but he almost landed an assist.

FW Olivier Giroud, N / R – The Frenchman was a late addition and didn’t have time to get involved.

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