uchel praises ‘key’ Mason Mount as Chelsea close in on semi-final spot

Thomas Tuchel hailed “key player” Mason Mount for taking his career to the next level with his stunning strike in Chelsea’s 2-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Porto. England internationals Mount and Ben Chilwell handed the Blues control of their last-eight battle as they scored two away goals during a fine performance in Seville. Blues manager Tuchel refused to accept his side have one foot in the semi-finals ahead of Tuesday’s second leg, which also takes place in Seville and will see Chelsea as the home side.

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THOMAS TUCHEL: I have one foot, or a half a foot, or no foot. It's half-time and, I mean, we experienced what can happen in football last Saturday.

First one was very important for us because it came in a moment after like 20 minutes where we suffered a lot and where we felt a bit like that our team is a bit too tense, that we are not precise enough, that we lack a bit of rhythm and the freedom to adapt positions and to be a bit more active. It was a bit static, our game.

But the finishing was clinical, and the finishing was excellent from Mason. He has the quality to do this. And to do it in the quarterfinal is a big step. It's a big step for him and big, big help for the team.