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Tops / Flops Porto-Chelsea: Mount's nice shot, Marega's insufficiency


The jewel of Mason Mount and the realism of the Blues which contrasts with the imprecision of Porto: find the tops / flops of Porto-Chelsea in the Champions League (0-2).


Mount hits the mark

Positioned on the right side of the attacking trio, the Briton was the most visible offensive on the London side.

The first player to be enterprising in the opponent's area (6th), he is above all the author of the goal that freed the Blues (32nd).

And what a goal!

Control oriented behind the supporting leg before an unstoppable cross strike, the 22-year-old attacking midfielder scored his very first goal in the competition with class.

He could also have been a decisive passer, without the clumsiness of Werner (47th).

He asserts himself a little more like the future of Chelsea. 

That feeling when you score your first European goal ...

An unforgettable moment for Mason Mount! # / LdtCuJ7Ck6

- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 7, 2021


 The great deal of the Blues in Porto

Impassable mendy

Obviously, the goalkeeper problem at Chelsea has been resolved since this summer.

The 25 million euros invested in the former Rennais seem derisory in view of the yield since his arrival.

Solid in the air as on his line, the Senegalese international disgusted his opponent.

Watchful on Otavio's incoming corner (24th), he is keen on a header from Pepe who could have changed everything before the break (43rd).

In the second half, Mendy interposed twice in front of Marega (51st, 69th) in order to preserve a seventh clean sheet in eight Champions League matches, a competition he is discovering this season. 

The big blow of the Blues

Thanks to their cold realism (2 goals on 3 shots on target), the Londoners are in a very favorable waiver in this quarter-final.

A status as well acquired thanks to their success as to their solidity, sometimes questioned by the timid assault portists.

But led by a great Cesar Azpilicueta, captain for the Blues for the 150th time this Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel's men quickly evacuated Saturday's rout against West Brom (2-5).

Above all, they pose a serious option for a qualification in the semi-finals, which would be the first since 2012, the year when Roman Abramovich's proteges had been at the end. 


Zanusi too imprecise 

Too easily eliminated by Mount's oriented control on the opening goal, the Nigerian did not shine on the offensive either.

His slide leading to a failed entry cross had also set the tone (13th).

Above all, he completely missed point blank on a discount from Pepe a few meters from the goal (24th) and at the far post from a corner (52nd), while he was each time in an ideal position. 


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Werner sinks

Another match invisible for the German striker, yet (almost) tirelessly renewed by his coach.

14 balls touched, lowest total of the match for the former Leipzig, completely absent from the debates in the first period.

When he returned from the locker room, his head lacked accuracy when he was in an ideal position (47th).

His loss of the ball following futile passing of the legs speaks volumes about the crisis of confidence he is going through (58th).

Offside on Rüdiger's postponed strike, he was still out of the game with a great opportunity.

After wandering like a lost soul for over an hour, he was replaced along with his compatriot Kai Havertz, little more successful.

Between them, remember that they cost some 133 million euros last summer. 

Marega did not weigh

Muzzled by Chelsea's solid three-way defense, the Malian had all the trouble in the world to exist in this meeting.

Launched in depth, he negotiates badly his face to face with Mendy on his return from the locker room (51st) before stumbling again on the Senegalese, following a too soft pivot strike (69th).

Much less moving than his friend Luis Diaz in attack, the native of Ulis could nevertheless have benefited from a penalty following a disputed stroller from Azpilicueta (72nd).

Discouraged by this episode, he will come out ten minutes later, looking sad.

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Source: lefigaro

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