April 19, 2021

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Thomas Tuchel impressed with Ben Chilwell’s performance against Porto

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel was impressed with Ben Chilwell, who scored the second goal in the club’s 2-0 Champions League triumph over Porto last night.

The Blues faced Porto in Sevilla in the first leg of the quarter-finals, and they managed to find the back of the net with two of their three shots on target.

Mount opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a formidable turn and a first shot to beat the goalkeeper. Chilwell pocketed the club’s second five minutes.

The 24-year-old jumped on a bad first touch from Jesus Corona before bypassing the goalkeeper to score his first Champions League goal.

The 2-0 win gave the Blues a great chance to advance to the final four in the competition, and Tuchel was thrilled for Chilwell.

He told Chelseafc.com: “I’m really happy with Chilly for pushing and forcing the error that gave him the opportunity to score.”

“He kept going, finished well and scored a big away goal for us. He showed a lot of coolness because it was not easy to score so late.

“It was a very physically demanding game for Chilly, so using the defender’s mistake and then staying very calm because he’s not used to scoring was pretty impressive.

Chilwell had a tough few months under Tuchel, who regularly replaced him with Marcos Alonso for the left-back role.

Alonso impressed as he’s more used to playing in the position, but yesterday’s goal will help Chilwell’s prospects start steadily.

The Blues travel through London to face Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Chilwell will likely get the nod on Alonso.

The club are currently one point behind fourth-placed West Ham United. They have a formidable record against Palace with six straight wins.

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