April 19, 2021

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Jorginho warns Chelsea against ‘big mistake’ in Champions League


Jorginho has warned Chelsea not to make the ‘big mistake’ of expecting to enter the Champions League semi-finals following Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Porto.

England duo Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell scored their first Champions League goals in Sevilla for put the Blues in control halfway of their two-man quarter-final.


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Chelsea fought back with a 5-2 Premier League beating on Saturday by West Brom, to produce an eighth clean sheet in nine matches.

But Italian midfielder Jorginho called on the Blues to guard against complacency in Tuesday’s second leg.

“We are all happy with this first result but for the second game we have to be humble, we don’t need to think that we have the advantage because it would be a big mistake,” said Jorginho.

“We have to stay calm and focused because it’s not easy if we make this mistake, we can be in trouble, so we have to stay calm, be humble, work hard again, knowing that Porto are a very good team and we must respect them. “

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel called the Blues’ clean sheet against Porto the perfect response to Saturday’s heavy loss to West Brom, where Thiago Silva was sent off.

Jorginho delivered the ideal personal response after a below-par performance against the Baggies, pushing a menacing ball to land on the impressive Mount’s opening goal.

“There were things to watch and learn from this mistake (Saturday’s loss) and for us we know it’s important to defend well as a team and not concede a goal,” Jorginho said on the Chelsea club official site.

“Everyone worked really hard and we left everything on the pitch so the win was deserved by the whole team, including those who helped from the bench.

“Mason was in a good position, he turned in the right direction. I just saw some space and gave him the right ball for him to control and score.

Chelsea face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday, before returning to neutral Sevilla for the Champions League second game against Porto on Tuesday.

Stamford Bridge boss Tuchel was delighted to see his players get back into shape after the West Brom loss, with substitutes Christian Pulisic and Olivier Giroud adding much needed momentum in the second half.

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz struggled for timing and pace, with Tuchel acknowledging that the German duo struggled against Porto.

“I wanted to give the sign that I accepted that it was a bit difficult game for Timo and Kai,” Tuchel said.

“They haven’t had their best days and the connection between the seven deep players that we needed for preparation and the top three was a bit lost.

“The balls we delivered weren’t the best and I felt they weren’t playing at their highest level so I wanted to make an impact from the bench because Christian is in a good dynamic and Oli has waited so long and has fond memories of the stadium. .

“We wanted to give the sign that we are continuing. This is the general mentality that I like about the club and the team, and that we want to implement.