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Chelsea have one foot in the semifinals - mercilessly efficient blues relieve Tuchel


Chelsea FC faced FC Porto in the Champions League. Against the Portuguese, the Blues bribed with merciless efficiency, which gave them an excellent starting position for the second leg.

Chelsea FC faced FC Porto in the Champions League.

Against the Portuguese, the Blues bribed with merciless efficiency, which gave them an excellent starting position for the second leg.

  • FC Porto - FC Chelsea 0: 2 (0: 1), Wednesday, 9 p.m.

  • Chelsea FC lives up to its role as favorites against FC Porto.

  • Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell score for the Londoners.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea 0: 2 (0: 1), Wednesday, 9 p.m.

Line-up of FC Porto

Marchesin - Manafa (64th Conceicao), Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi - Grujic, Uribe - Tecatito, Otavio (64th Vieira) - Marega (64th Martinez), Diaz.

Line-up of Chelsea FC

Mendy - Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger - James, Chilwell - Jorginho, Kovacic (90th + 3 Emerson) - Mount, Havertz (64th Giroud), Werner (64th Pulisic)


1-0 Mount (32nd), 2-0 Chilwell (85th)


Slavko Vincic (SLO)

Update from April 7, 11.20 p.m.:

For the first time in seven years, Chelsea FC has the Champions League semi-finals in mind.

Against harmless Portuguese, two individual actions were enough to decide the game.

Although the German internationals Timo Werner and Kai Havertz remained pale until their substitution, the Blues can hope for their first premier class triumph since 2012.

The defense under Tuchel is secure, up front young up-and-coming players show their skills.

In a possible semi-final against Real Madrid or Liverpool FC, however, the Londoners have to improve.

The blues cannot inspire with their merciless efficiency in every game.

Conclusion: It was not the high art of football in which FC Chelsea and FC Porto dueled today.

Nevertheless, the Blues leave the field as winners and go into the second leg next week with a comfortable 2-0 away win.

Thomas Tuchel can thank Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell for this.

Their goals crowned the efficient exploitation of chances by the Londoners, who made a lot out of little.

FC Porto tried more than 90 minutes, but did not live up to their reputation as a "favorite scare".

There were no real chances to score.

The return leg next Tuesday is a Herculean task for the Dragões, as they have to score at least three goals to reach the semi-finals.

90 + 3 minutes:

Slavko Vincic blows the whistle!

Chelsea win 2-0 against FC Porto.

90th + 3 minutes:

There are three minutes of stoppage time.

Not much happens anymore, Emerson comes on for Kovacic.

87th minute:

The Blues have one foot in the semifinals after the 2-0 win.

While Porto run out of breath as the game progresses, Chelsea remain mercilessly efficient.

Almost nothing comes from the Dragões.

85th Minute: Toooor for Chelsea!

Left-back Chilwell grabs the ball from Portos Corona and pokes the ball past the falling Marchesin.

The preliminary decision!

83rd Minute:

Sérgio Conceição is fully on the offensive: Toni Martinez comes for Marega, Fabio Vieira for Otavio and Francisco Conceicao replaces Wilson Manafa.

82nd Minute:

In the last few minutes, the game splashed to itself.

Neither Chelsea nor Porto created compelling scoring opportunities.

The difference: Porto have to play forward, the Blues can be satisfied with the 1-0 victory.

80th minute:

Thomas Tuchel


two actors for the second time.

Thiago Silva comes for James, Kanté for scorer Mason Mount.

The trainer's signal: save the tight leadership over time.

79th Minute:

The next yellow card for a Porto player: Marko Grujic clears Christian Pulisic with an ice hockey body check.

The warning is okay.

Chelsea FC defend their narrow lead - Porto unimaginative

74th minute:

A curious scene that took place on the edge of the field.

Porto coach Sérgio Conceição received the yellow card.

He stops the ball outside the "coaching zone".

For referee Slavko Vincic, this behavior is overbearing, he warned the Portuguese coach.

71st Minute:

The game continues to be disheveled: Many interruptions, long balls and quick changes of possession characterize the action on the field.

There have been better Champions League matches.

69th minute: Postage

remains for about 20 minutes to equalize.

The Dragões' attacking efforts flattened somewhat in the last few minutes.

To take something countable, they have to increase.

64th Minute:

Double change in the Blues: Timo Werner leaves the field for Christian Pulisic, Olivier Giroud comes in for Kai Havertz.

Both German national players did not show their best game.

63rd Minute:

Porto's Mbemba receives the first yellow card of the game for his rustic entry against Ben Chilwell.

60th minute: A

moment of shock for all Porto fans.

Antonio Rüdiger holds on from over 25 meters, Porto goalkeeper Marchesin lets the harmless shot ricochet off.

Timo Werner is there and puts Kai Havertz in the middle.

The German midfield player grabs the ball next to the goal.

A precarious situation for Porto, but it was canceled.

Werner was previously offside.

57th Minute:

Next big chance for Porto: Luis Diaz closes from 18 meters, the low shot just misses the left post.

Chelsea seems passive, the Portuguese are now taking the wheel.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea: The Dragões are picking up the pace

51st Minute:

FC Porto adjusts its style of play.

Instead of waiting for the Blues to attack, the Portuguese are already pressing in the opposing penalty area.

This is how the first mandatory action arises: Porto striker Marega shakes Rüdiger off and takes a hard shot at the Chelsea goal.

Mendy parries, it is still 0: 1.

47th Minute:

The first offensive action of the second half belongs to the Londoners: Timo Werner puts his header over the housing.

Chelsea FC comes fresher out of the dressing room.

46th minute:

FC Porto


off, the Dragões have to make up a 0-1 deficit.

Half-time conclusion: FC Porto can get angry.

For the entire duration of the game, they prevented the Blues from bringing up their dreaded offensive game.

A carelessness in defense led to the deficit that was not necessarily deserved.

Mason Mount took advantage of the passivity of the Porto defenders with a smooth movement, uncompromisingly finished 1-0.

With the exception of the goal, Thomas Tuchel cannot be satisfied with the performance of his team.

Although the blues lead, they do not live up to their role as favorites.

45th minute:

Uribe takes another corner out (the sixth for Porto), but the subsequent header is harmless.

42nd Minute:

Pepe demands Mendy!

After a corner, the defensive veteran in the service of the Portuguese heads the Chelsea goal.

The goalkeeper of the Blues fends off the ball and defuses the situation.

40th minute:

After the lead, the Blues play free.

With the lead in their backs, Chelsea are playing their game, Porto are currently only lagging behind.

Chelsea FC brutally efficient: First serious conclusion leads to goal

35th Minute:

Bitter for Porto: After a strong first half hour in which they had Chelsea well under control, the shock follows.

By the first attack they fall behind, the Blues score the important away goal.

32nd minute: Toooor for Chelsea!

The first serious attack by the Blues leads straight to the lead.

The Portuguese are too far apart, Jorginho plays the ball in the interface with Mason Mount.

This closes with a full shot into the corner.

Chelsea are in the lead, it's getting difficult for Porto.

30th minute:

Camera pans to Thomas Tuchel.

The Chelsea coach ponders, looks dissatisfied with the game so far.

Although his team is in good shape over long periods, the blues are harmless on the offensive.


Porto fans can be satisfied with the way the game has gone so far.

The Portuguese are preventing Chelsea from building up their game as usual, so the Blues have so far not radiated any danger.

Porto itself does not bring much on the lawn, but after corners they were already dangerous.


The German national player Kai Havertz plays against Porto from the start.

© Angel Fernandez / dpa

24th minute:

There it is, the first real chance to score!

Porto take two corners in a row, the second creates a goal hazard.

According to the standard, Sanusi drops the ball in front of his feet, but he shoots the ball over the box from close range.

Chelsea fans can take a deep breath.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea: Both teams neutralize each other - highlights are in short supply

19th Minute:

It stays that way: Both teams neutralize each other in midfield, long balls are currently the first choice at Porto and Chelsea.

This is how a chaotic game develops without any football highlights.

14th minute:

Postage is bolder.

Sérgio Conceição's team combines deep into half of the blues, but a compulsory conclusion does not materialize.

Nevertheless, the game sequence Taktik-Fuchs Tuchel should not please.

11th minute: It

gets dangerous for the first time: Portos Uribe closes at the edge of the penalty area, but the ball lowers too late.

So the shot goes over the gate.

10th minute:

The first few minutes have been played, time for a first conclusion: Both teams go into the game with the handbrake on, there have been no scoring chances so far.

Although the Blues hold the ball longer, they miss combining in dangerous areas of the pitch.

So far, the action has taken place between the penalty areas.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea in the opening minutes: few highlights, Chelsea with more possession

7th minute:

The first long ball possession phase for the Londoners leads to the first corner of the game.

However, there is no danger from the standard situation.

5th minute:

In the first few minutes of the game, both teams feel each other.

Neither Chelsea nor Porto are going into hard pressing, the traditional clubs have to find their way into the game first.

1st minute:

The blues kick off, the ball rolls!

The Dragões play in their usual blue and white jerseys, Chelsea in pink and blue.

Update from April 7th, 8:56 p.m.:

The teams are in the players


, the Porto anthem sounds.

Everything is set up for a thrilling football evening.

Update from April 7th 8:50 pm:

Thomas Tuchel sends fast offensive


to the field with Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

As the Chelsea coach says before the game, it's about speed.

His strikers should "be quick".

“It's difficult to create chances,” the 47-year-old revealed before kick-off.

The lightning-fast players should probably bring the Porto defense into swimming.

In a few minutes it will show whether Tuchel's tactic works.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea: The blues are favorites - do they live up to expectations?

Update from April 7th, 8:40 p.m.:

Before kick-off, the roles are clearly assigned: Chelsea FC is the favorite in the duel against FC Porto.

The Portuguese are only given outsider chances, especially as their most dangerous striker Sergio Oliveira is suspended.

So it should be done in the defensive defense chicken Pepe, in front Marega, Luis Diaz and the game luck.

Against the strong blues defense (two goals conceded in 14 games), the Portuguese must use every chance to have a chance to advance.

Update from April 7th, 8:20 p.m.:

Sergio Oliveira's suspension hurts Porto particularly, but the Dragões don't want to be discouraged.

A special boost to motivation for the home team: According to media reports, the Chelsea players are said to have cheered on their quarter-finals, Porto is considered the weakest team in the round of the best eight.

That the Portuguese should not be underestimated was shown in the round of 16 against Juventus Turin.

The star troupe around Christiano Ronaldo was thrown out of the competition despite being outnumbered against Porto.

Chelsea FC - Porto FC: The line-ups are there - Havertz, Rüdiger and Werner in starting formation

Update from April 7th, 8:00 p.m .:

There they are, the lineups!

Compared to the 2: 5 clap last weekend, Thomas Tuchel is rebuilding his starting eleven to five positions.

Silva, Zouma, Alonso, Pulisic and Ziyech fly out of the formation, but the Chelsea coach offers a German block with Havertz, Rüdiger and Werner.

At FC Porto, defensive veteran Pepe should stop the fast Chelsea attackers.

Coach Sérgio Conceição relies on Marega and Luis Diaz on the offensive.

Update from April 7th, 7.45 p.m.:

Before the lineups are published in a few minutes, it is certain that an important player will be missing from Porto.

Sergio Oliveira has already put the ball in the opposing goal twelve times this season.

The striker also nets reliably in the Champions League: Oliveira has scored five goals so far, including two against the top team from Turin, thus ensuring the Dragões advance.

Against the blues he is missing locked.

Update from April 7th, 7.15 p.m.:

Chelsea FC and FC Porto are among the top teams in their leagues.

Nevertheless, the teams are running short of expectations in the current season.

The Blues managed the turnaround with Thomas Tuchel on the sidelines, the championship title is illusory in the current season at 23 points behind leaders Manchester City *.

At FC Porto, too, those in charge imagined the season to be different.

Last year's champions have to give Sporting Lisbon the top spot - the capitals are eight points ahead.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea: Thomas Tuchel can fall back on five former BuLi professionals

Update from April 7th, 6:35 p.m.:

Although the Bundesliga representative FC Bayern competes in a parallel game with Paris St. Germain, German players are also in the spotlight at Chelsea - Porto.

Born in Swabia, Tuchel coaches on the sidelines of the blues.

Timo Werner, Antonio Rüdiger and Kai Havertz should probably fix it on the pitch for Chelsea.

In addition to the German players, Christian Pulisic and Andreas Christensen also gained Bundesliga experience.

We are eagerly awaiting the line-ups, which will be announced around 8 p.m.

Update from April 7th, 6:10 pm:

Just under three hours until kick-off.

A good time to look at the past duels between the traditional clubs.

FC Porto and Chelsea have met eight times in their long history.

The West Londoners left the field as winners in five games, Porto only won two games;

one game ended in a draw.

The last meeting of the two teams took place on December 9, 2015.

The Blues beat Porto 2-0 in the premier class group stage.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea: Quarter-final first leg takes place in Seville

Update from April 7th, 5:35 p.m.:

FC Porto can normally rely on its frenetic supporters at home games.

Due to the infection protection, no spectators are allowed in the first leg of the Champions League cracker against Chelsea.

Another special feature: the quarter-final first leg is an away game for both teams.

In connection with travel restrictions, the game takes place in Seville, Spain.

Porto FC and Chelsea FC will face each other tonight at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium.

Update from April 7th, 5 p.m.:

FC Porto wins the Champions League this year.

At least if you believe the statistics.

The Dragões have raised the handle pot twice in their history.

1987 (Bayern fans don't like to remember) and 2004 (with the young José Mourinho on the sidelines).

There are 17 years between the two successes in the premier class.

As a result, the next Champions League victory would be due in 2021.

It has been known since the last sixteen at the latest that the Portuguese should not be underestimated on the European stage.

The blue-whites threw Christiano Ronaldo's starting squad Juventus Turin out of the competition.

Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel comes under pressure after league embarrassment - "lesson"

Update from April 7th, 4:25 p.m.:

Will Chelsea


its way back into top form in the Champions League quarter-finals?

Since Thomas Tuchel's entry into service, the Blues have shown strong performances: Across all competitions, the Londoners survived 14 games without defeat, conceding only two goals.

The self-confidence in the quarter-final draw was correspondingly high.

The German coach emphasized at the time that he was "confident that we can advance against Porto".


After the league defeat, Thomas Tuchel gets caught in the fire of his critics

© John Walton / picture alliance / dpa / PA Wire

After the 2: 5 clap against a relegation candidate last weekend, Tuchel is now under pressure.

If the Blues show weakness against outsider FC Porto tonight in Seville, the first crisis of the Tuchel era could be on the horizon.

Chelsea legend and TV expert Joe Cole found harsh words for the 47-year-old after the last defeat.

The game against West Brom was a "lesson" for the German coach.

In order to get the club environment back on his side, Tuchel has to collect arguments.

A convincing performance in the Champions League could silence the critics.

First report from April 7th:

London - It went so well with the Blues!

Since Thomas Tuchel * took office, the Londoners have rushed from victory to victory.

But then it turned out very bitter: The 2-5 embarrassment against West Bromwich Albion meant the first defeat under the German coach - after 14 games Chelsea * went as a loser from the field again.

The bitter bankruptcy on Holy Saturday had repercussions: Apparently there was a fight in training on Easter Sunday!

Involved in it: The German national player Antonio Rüdiger *.

As the


first reported, Rüdiger is said to have clashed with Chelsea's substitute goalkeeper Kepa during a training game.

Both are said to have pushed each other.

Other players are said to have separated the professionals.

Champions League in the live ticker: Training Zoff at Chelsea - Now it's against Porto

According to the report, Tuchel sent Rüdiger to the cabin a few minutes before the end of the training session.

The 28-year-old defender is said to have apologized later.

The portal

The Athletic

and the

Times also

reported on the training Zoff.

Initially, there were no reactions from the club or the players.

Neither Rüdiger nor the 26-year-old Kepa were used in the home defeat against West Brom.

Will the brawlers now play against FC Porto on Wednesday?

Chelsea are the big favorites in the Champions League * quarter-finals, on paper the Blues got the easiest task.

FC Porto - FC Chelsea in the live ticker: Clear roles distribution in the Champions League quarter-finals

FC Porto * is currently only second in the table in Portugal, the measure of all things this season is Sporting Lisbon.

Nevertheless, the Blues should be warned, because internationally the Dragões traditionally switch to attack mode: In the round of 16, the team around the former Real Madrid star Pepe already threw Juventus Turin out of the premier class *.

Tuchel, Rüdiger and the two other German national players Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are facing a difficult task.

(akl / dpa) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

Source: merkur

All sports articles on 2021-04-08

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