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Tops / Flops Chelsea-Porto: the inspiration of Medhi Taremi, a boring quarter-final


The incredible acrobatic return signed Taremi, the limits of the Portuguese attack: find the Tops and Flops of the editorial staff at the end of the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League between Chelsea and Porto (0-1).


The inspiration of Medhi Taremi 

It was necessary to follow the Chelsea-Porto match until the end of added time of the second half to see the goal of the week, the month and perhaps the year, an achievement signed by Iranian striker Medhi Taremi.

On a cross on the right side from Nanu, the number 9 of FC Porto was illustrated with a sublime acrobatic recovery that was lodged in the right window of Edouard Mendy.

The goalkeeper of the Blues could not do anything about this action, one of the rare times this season as his contribution in the London goals is irreproachable.

However, he must bow to this jewel from Mehdi Taremi.

Unfortunately for the Dragons, this personal feat worthy of being named by the Puskas Prize comes too late in the game to hope to win extra time (final score on the two Chelsea - Porto 2-1 confrontations).

Voltaremos # FCPorto # CFCFCP # / 335yZGFIsc

- FC Porto (@FCPorto) April 13, 2021

N'Golo Kanté, distributor of the London game 

Among the rare satisfactions of this quarter-final return, we can note the performance of the French international N'Golo Kanté.

The Blues midfielder was active in the midfield, ball to the foot to find his partners or to offer a solution when needed.

Due to his gestures, his movements, his ease with the round ball, the number 7 brought serenity in the ranks of his team.

Defensively present to scratch balls (like this interception from the second minute) or offensively to bring danger (28th, 58th, 70th).

The performance of the former Caennais once again demonstrates his importance in the midfielder of Thomas Tuchel. 


A boring quarter-final 

It took a lot of courage for the viewers who followed this Chelsea-Porto to follow the whole meeting to such an extent that the two teams did not show much spectacle.

Repeated faults on both sides, wrong rhythm, lack of intensity ... In addition to the inspiration of Taremi, it was in the 66th minute of play that we saw the first shot on target of the game, more precisely a head of the scorer of the evening but not powerful enough to worry the Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

While Porto had to score two goals to revive the suspense of this quarter-final, the players of Sergio Conceiçao did not have the weapons to sow confusion in the ranks of London. 

Chelsea have reached their 8th Champions League semi-final, more than any other English side #UCL

- UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 13, 2021

Porto, too harmless to hope for better

Indeed, the rare times that Porto managed to be dangerous, it was through the sides.

The Portuguese players multiplied the crosses in the area but the London aerial game was imperial.

The central hinge Rudiger, Silva, Azpilicueta did not let a single ball cause trouble, like the tackle of the former Parisian defender to repel a center from Wilson Manafa (74th).

It is not trivial if the only goal of the meeting is an individual achievement.

In the game, the Dragons have never been able to worry about the formation of Thomas Tuchel, who came to Sevilla (the stadium in which the meeting was taking place due to the health situation) with defensive ideas and to keep his lead in the match. go (2-0 win).

If Sergio Conceiçao's players have shown themselves to be full of good will, this was not enough to break the London wall twice.

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Source: lefigaro

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