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- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:44:13 +0000: We can treat Champions League like an adventure, says Thomas Tuchel - Chelsea | The Guardian
- Chelsea in the last four for first time since 2014
- Tuchel: ‘Once you are there you play for the final’
Thomas Tuchel urged Chelsea to treat the Champions League like an adventure after they survived a late scare against Porto and reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2014.
Although Mehdi Taremi’s stunning overhead kick earned Porto victory in the second leg, it was not enough to stop Chelsea winning their quarter-final 2-1 on aggregate. Tuchel’s side were in control thanks to goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell last week and will face Liverpool or Real Madrid in the last four.Continue reading...
- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:14:19 +0000: Conspiracy of nihilism suits Chelsea and pragmatic Thomas Tuchel | Barney Ronay - Chelsea | The Guardian
Chelsea’s manager set up his team in such a way as to give Porto no hope and can now picture a Champions League triumph
And so the Tuchel revolution roars on. In a manner of speaking. The second-best thing anyone could say about the second leg of Chelsea’s 2-1 aggregate defeat of Porto in Seville was that it was, on balance, an act of cardiovascular exercise. Everyone involved burned some calories.
The best thing – arguably the only thing – is that Chelsea cruised through without a scratch and will now take their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, setting up a mouthwatering denouement to their own peculiar season of two halves.Continue reading...
- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 21:26:21 +0000: Chelsea v Porto: Champions League quarter-final, second leg – as it happened - Chelsea | The Guardian
Mehdi Taremi’s spectacular late winner wasn’t enough to prevent Chelsea advancing to the semi-finals with a minimum of fuss
Sid Lowe was in Seville getting eaten by insects, who were in turn getting devoured by screeching swallows. Among all the gluttony, here’s how he saw the action unfold.
More from Tuchel: “Porto are a team who can make other teams under perform, it happened in the group stage and against Juventus,” he says. “But part of a performance is not to let the others perform and we did this. Until the lucky, lucky shot in the lat minute we did not concede any chances.”
Thomas Tuchel speaks: “We accepted what was needed was a tough, tough fight,” he tells dishy Des Kelly from BT Sport. “On teleivision it was probably not so nice to watch but on the sideline it was a very intense and fast game. It was a tough fight, very hard to play against them and to escape the pressure.
“They are a very aggressive team, Porto and they attack in a very fluent and aggressive way. They change positions all the time, they come from behind, they overlap, they underlap ... you have to adapt to many movements but after a tough start after every minute we did it better and better.
Stay tuned. We’ve still got post-match reaction from Chelsea manager Tommy T and a match report from Sid Lowe to come.
Meanwhile in Paris: Holders Bayern Munich have gone out, eliminated by Paris Saint-Germain on away goals after a 1-0 win for the German side in the second leg.
It was not a good game. But Chelsea will not care. Mehdi Taremi gave them a late scare, leaping high to score with a shinned right-foot bicycle kick into the top corner from 12 yards after connecting with a Nanu cross from the right. It was the one moment of high quality in a fairly dreary contest in which Porto were thoroughly underwhelming. It’s job done for Chelsea, who will face Real Madrid or Liverpool in the last four.
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeep! It’s all over in Seville, where Chelsea have advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League with a minimum of fuss.
90 +4 min: Scrap that, he shinned it. It’s a 6.2 on the Sinclair Spectrum.
Porto score: Taremi scores with an astonishing overhead kick. It’s an 8.8 on the Sinclair Spectrum but I’d need to see it again.
90+3 min: Through on goal with only Marchesin to beat, Pulisic takes one touch too many and allows the goalkeeper to save at his feet.
90+2 min: Chelsea substitution: Olivier Giroud on for Kai Havertz.
89 min: Pulisic is getting battered here ... and not in a good way. He’s on the deck after being fouled once again. I didn’t spot the perpetrator on this occasion. We’ll have four minutes worth of extras.
89 min: And another, as they play down the clock keeping the ball by the corner flag.
88 min: Luis Diaz is booked for a foul on Pulisic. From the free-kick, Chelsea win a corner.
87 min: Pulisic tries to put Ziyech in behind with a ball into space from inside his own half. It’s a tired effort that’s nowhere near the substitute.
85 min: Chelsea substitution: Hakim Ziyech on for Mason Mount.
83 min: Porto substitution: Sergio Oliveira off, Fabio Vieira on.
82 min: This has been very disappointing from Porto, who were a lot better in the first leg. I think Chelsea may have, even on a subconsious level, underestimated them a little in that game, a mistake they weren’t going to make twice.
81 min: Time to start time-wasting, Chelsea. Thiago Silva obliges, going down in his own box under no pressure from anyone. There’s a pause as he receives treatment.
80 min: From that one, Rudiger puts it out for a third in quick succession at the near post. Oliveira sends the ball in but it ends up in the arms of Eduoard Mendy. Chelsea look like they could comfortably defend these set pieces all night.
79 min: From that corner, Porto win another – Reece James putting the ball out.
77 min: Marchesin is forced to the edge of his box to gather a through ball. Porto really need to get the collective finger out - they’ve been fairly pedestrian and very toothless, considering what’s at stake here. They win a corner.
75 min: Porto triple-substitution: Nanu, Luis Diaz and Evanilson on for Wilson Manata, Jesus Corona and Moussa Marega.
74 min: Corona is booked for a pull on the shirt of Jorginho.
73 min: There’s a triple-substitution “ahoy” from Porto. Thiago Silva sticks out a leg and puts a Chancel Mbemba cross into the Chelsea penalty area out of play. That looks like it could have gone anywhere.
72 min: Mendy shepherds the ball out of play under pressure from Taremi as the striker chases a long ball from the back in vain.
69 min: Pepe gives the ball away with a loose pass, prompting Kante to ping the ball forward for Pulisic. His first touch lets him down, taking him wide of the Porto goal, where Pepe makes amends for his original error by relieving him of the ball.
67 min: Manafa loses the ball and Chelsea break on the counter. Manafa recovers well enough to foul Pulisic and put a stop to his gallop but avoids a booking.
64 min: Taremi directs a header from about 12 yards towards the bottom corner. Edouard Mendy saves. There wasn’t much pace on the looping cross from Corona, so the substitute was unable to get much venom behind his effort.
63 min: Porto substitution: Mehdi Taremi on for Marko Grujic - a striker with 15 goals to his name this season on for a midfielder.
62 min: Pepe and Sanusi combine down the left at pace but the full-back’s cross is too close to Edouard Mendy, who grabs it gratefully.
61 min: Scrappiness abound with little of note to report. It looks like Porto are preparing to make a change.
58 min: Good defending from Wilson Manafa, who gets across to put in a stout block on Mason Mount as the Chelsea midfielder bore down on goal from the inside left and pulled the trigger. On the touchline, Porto manager Sergio Conceciao gets booked, presumably for dissent.
55 min: Now Chelsea put Porto under the cosh for a bit, also without threatening the opposition goal.
54 min: Pulisic fails to react quickly enough to steer a high velocity Ben Chilwell pull-back goalwards. He shins it with his right peg and the ball drifts harmlessly wide.
53 min: Reece James repels another Porto attrack, putting the ball out of play for a throw-in. Chelsea are under sustained pressure here but Porto still haven’t had a shot on target.
52 min: Porto win two corners in quick succession. Oliveira tries to pick out Pepe at the near post with the second one but Antonio Rudiger clears with a header.
49 min: While you wouldn’t say Porto have been playing with the handbrake on, at some point they’re going to have cut loose and throw caution to the wind. If theydo happen to score twice, which is looking unlikely, they would go into extra time as the “away” team with the added value that brings to any goals they might score in the extra half-hour. Chelsea, by contrast, would not enjoy the advantage of having a “home” crowd cheering them on for those extra 30 minutes. It’s not really fair, is it?
47 min: Neat work in a confined area from Chilwell and Kante over by the touchline by the halfway line keeps the ball in play as Chelsea try to get forward.
46 min: Play resumes with no changes in personnel on either side. Almost immediately, Sergio Oliveira is booked for a foul on Pulisic. He’s caught bang to rights but shakes his head sadly at referee Clement Turpin’s apparent impetuousness.
Peep! It’s all sqaure at the break, a scrappy half drawing to a close. Porto had the pick of what few chances there were, with the topically named Jesus Corona failing to capitalise on an Edouard Mendy error before snatching at a presentable opportunity after good work by Chancel Mbemba, only to send the ball sailing over the bar. Chelsea remain in the box seat.
45 min: A Sergio Oliveira header towards the edge of the Chelsea box is cleared by Cesar Azpilicueta.
42 min: The game continues to be punctuated by one foul after another. It’s not a great spectacle but no Chelsea fans watching it will mind.
40 min: Elsewhere in the Champions League, Bayern Munich have just gone ahead against Paris Saint-Germain, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting bundling home a header from about one yard out. It’s 3-3 on aggregate in that one but PSG still have the advantage on away goals.
39 min: More niggle as Pepe fouls Pulisic in the centre-circle.
38 min: Rudiger gives the ball away to Grujic, who advances on the Chelsea penalty area. He runs into traffic and the ball is cleared.
37 min: The deadlock remains unbroken with Chelsea holding a two-goal aggregate lead. Uribe tries to halve the deficit from distance but his low and fairly feeble effort is blocked.
34 min: Chancel Mbemba it was with the pass for Corona and it was a beauty that deserved a more composed and accurate finish.
32 min: Chance! Jesus Corona manages to give Ben Chilwell the slip, spinning the defneder to get on a pass from deep. His first touch is good and he attempts to blast the ball past Edouard Mendy from 10 yards or so but balloons it over the bar. He had more time than he realised to pick his spot and should have scored.
31 min: Picked out by an excellent pass from Jorginho, Kante over hits his long diagonal towards Ben Chilwell. Goal kick for Porto.
30 min: Pepe is the latest go down in a heap, fouled by Pulisic. This is very, very scrappy, which will suit Chelsea just fine.
27 min: Pepe makes a crucial block, cutting out a Havertz cross from the right with Chelsea attacking on the break and Mount waiting in the centre. The ball finds its way back to Havertz, who attempts to cross again. It’s Pepe to the rescue again, this time conceding a corner. It’s taken and Porto struggle to clear their lines until the ball goes out for a throw-in off Ben Chilwell.
25 min: Oliveira is penalised for a foul on Pulisic in a game that has plenty of side-niggle going on.
24 min: A quarter of the way through the game and both teams will be fairly satisfied with their evening’s work so far. Porto have had the upper hand without laying much of a glove on Chelsea, who are defending well and looking dangerous on the break.
21 min: Jesus Corona is flat on his back down near the corner flag after running into Jorginho. He’ll live.
19 min: Otavio sends the ball into the Chelsea penalty area, where Grujic gets his head to it. Ben Chilwell clears at the back post and Chelsea attack on the break with Kante on the ball. He holds the ball up well and Reece James ends up being teed up on the edge of the box by Mason Mount. He pulls a poor effort well wide.
18 min: Throw-in for Porto deep in Chelsea territory after Thiago Silva put the ball out. It’s taken and Marega wins a corner off Rudiger.
16 min: Porto have looked more threatening than Chelsea in these early stages, without creating any particularly good chances. A goal for the Portuguese side would really put the cat among the pigeons. Or indeed, the swallows.
15 min: The camera cuts to Thomas Tuchel on the Chelsea bench, where he looks to be having quite the animated conversation with himself.
13 min: Otavio is fouled by Jorginho, who lunges in to stop him advancing up the field. Nothing comes of the free-kick and moments later, Havertz is penalised for a foul on Pepe, wide on the right, a long way out.
11 min: From 12 yards out and a tight angle, Jesus Corona tries to sidefoot into an empty net after a hideous piece of miscontrol from Edouard Mendy as he fielded a backpass. Jorginho is on hand to get a crucial deflection. The ball goes out for a corner, from which nothing comes.
10 min: Free-kick for Porto after a Pulisic foul on Sergio Oliveiro in the centre-circle.
9 min: Reece James twists and turns under pressure from Zaidu Sanussi out on the right flank. He eventually gets a cross in, but it’s straight into the hands of Marchesin at the near post.
7 min: Mason Mount picks up the ball and shuffles and shimmies towards the edge of the Porto penalty area. He unleashes a shot which is deflected off a defender.
6 min: Porto right-back Wilson Manafa slings a cross to the far post, where Otavio and Uribe try to link up. The ball rolls wide.
5 min: Moussa Marega has a scuffed shot from a tight angle blocked after being teed up by Mateus Uribe. Porto have started well.
3 min: Kai Havertz goes to ground holding the back of his head after contesting a high ball with Pepe. It was a 50-50 challenge, although Pepe did sort of lead with his arm.
2 min: N’Golo Kante breaks up a Porto attack on the edge of Chelsea’s penalty area and sends his team on their way. A long diagonal ball is playeed towards Reece James on the right flank but he’s unable to keep it in play.
1 min: Agustin Marchesin gets an early touch in the Porto goal, fielding a backpass comfortably under pressure. The sound of swallows screeching is now the only thing I can hear.
1 min: Chelsea get the ball rolling, their players wearing blue shirts and shorts with white socks. Porto’s wear white shirts and shorts with blue socks.
Crikey! You can actually hear the shrill tweeting of said swallows on the pitchside microphones. Sounds like quite the invasion.
Not long now: With each skipper brandishing a club pennant, Cesar Azpilicueta and Pepe lead their respective sides out behind referee Clement Turpin and his team of match officials on a warm night in Seville.
According to Sid Lowe, the Guardian’s man in the stadium, there are lots of bugs making fizzing around making him itchy, but there’s a flight of swallows on hand to gobble them up. The last of the pre-match formalities get under way and kick-off is not too far away.
Thomas Tuchel speaks: He tells BT Sport that Mateo Kovacic picked up a light injury in training yesterday and is out. He also reveals that Andreas Christensen is not fully recovered from the muscle injury he sustained in the first leg. “We have Thiago back but not too many changes because we are on a good run and the squad feels confident that this is the moment to go,” he says.
BT Sport: Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole are the studio pundits tonight, in the company of Gary Lineker, and it doesn’t seem to have crossed any of their minds that Chelsea might actually go out tonight.
Of course everything is in the London side’s favour ahead of kick-off, but I thought Porto were fairly unlucky to lose 2-0 last week. They’re a good team and I have a feeling they might give Chelsea plenty to think about, particularly if they can score first. Whoever does go through will face Liverpool or Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
Those teams: No big surprises in the Chelsea side, who will line up in a 3-4-3 with Kai Havertz, presumably, in a kind of floating False Nine role.
Of course it is dangerous to presume anything, as I thought Mehdi Taremi was a certainty to start for Porto, but he is on the bench. On loan from Liverpool, Marko Grujic keeps his place in midfield and local paper the Echo reported today that the 25-year-old Serbian has no shortage of admirers in Serie A and the Bundesliga. Sergio Oliveira, as expect, starts.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, James, Jorginho, Kante, Chilwell, Mount, Havertz, Pulisic
Subs: Caballero, Kepa, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso, Emerson, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Abraham, Giroud, Werner
Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount and Thiago Silva start for Chelsea. We’ll have the full line-ups for you very shortly.
Thomas Tuchel speaks: “We don’t approach games like this or change the approach,” said the Chelsea manager, upon being asked if his side would be more passive tonight, considering their lead. “For us it is important that we focus on us, play the best game possible as this increases the chances to have a result. In terms of a result, it is easier for Porto because they need to score three goals to get through, for them if it is clear. For us, if we start in this way then we could completely lose our heads. I hope we embrace the challenge and feel it.”
Sergio Conceicao speaks: “We have to be a compact, cohesive team,” said Porto’s manager, when asked how his side would approach the game. “We have to score goals, but also to avoid conceding. We were good in the first leg, but not very good; if we were, we would have won. We will try to improve on what was a good team performance.
Chelsea have a full squad to choose from, which is no mean feat at this point in a gruelling season, although Andreas Christensen is a doubt due to a tight hamstring. Out of form and favour, Tammy Abraham was also a doubt but is expected to be fit if required.
Seville’s Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium is the venue as the players of Chelsea and Porto reconvene for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final. Chelsea are the “home” team tonight and carry a two-goal advantage into the second leg but Porto can take heart from a decent performance in defeat, despite the absence through suspension of arguably their two best attackers, Sérgio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi.
Both players are expected to line up tonight and while Chelsea have a crucial advantage they will be well aware theirs is only a job half-done. Kick-off in Seville is at 8pm, but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.Continue reading...
- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 21:09:40 +0000: Chelsea see off Porto despite Mehdi Taremi’s late spectacular - Chelsea | The Guardian
Chelsea went back to Seville six days on and back to the Champions League semi-finals seven years later. A 2-0 win over Porto here last week ultimately proved enough, Thomas Tuchel’s team returning to the same stadium to defend that lead and edge into the next round, where Real Madrid or Liverpool await. They may be entitled to believe that the journey can continue, too; there will be tougher tests but this is not a team easily undone nor distracted, even if they were denied another clean sheet by an extraordinary last-minute goal from Mehdi Taremi.
This never looked in any doubt until then, and suddenly there was a nervous moment when Porto appealed for a penalty immediately after the goal. But if that briefly brought nerves, it had come too late for Chelsea to suffer for long. Before the ball flew past Édouard Mendy, Porto had threatened only occasionally.
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- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:16:56 +0000: The Fiver | Five goals, 37 shots, 16 corners and 472 little Fiver moans - Chelsea | The Guardian
The Fiver feels unclean. Admittedly this is not an unprecedented state of affairs, literally or figuratively, but we’ve got to write about something so that’ll do. You see, we feel guilty about our relationship with Big Cup. On the one hand, we loathe everything it represents, and are 110% disgusted by the Even More Greed Is Even Better proposals to make elite football even less jeapordous. But then we watch a game like Bayern 2-3 PSG, making funny little moaning noises throughout, and it makes us feel so darn euphoric. Deriving such visceral pleasure from something we essentially detest is the closest the Fiver has come to having one of those lovebuddies we keep reading about it in Granny Fiver’s lifestyle magazines.Continue reading...
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- Wed, 14 Apr 2021 08:39:18 +0000: Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea reaching Champions League semi-finals 'a very big achievement' - BBC Sport
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said reaching the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2014 is a "very big achievement".
- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:34:11 +0000: Thomas Tuchel: Chelsea reaching Champions League semi-finals 'a great achievement' - BBC Sport
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel says his side reaching the last four of the Champions League is a "great achievement" - but would he rather face Liverpool or Real Madrid?
- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 21:49:32 +0000: Champions League quarter-finals: Chelsea 0-1 FC Porto - BBC Sport
Chelsea are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014 after a 2-1 aggregate win over Porto.
- Tue, 13 Apr 2021 06:18:30 +0000: Chelsea v Porto: Can you name all of the Blues' Portuguese players in the Premier League era? - BBC Sport
Chelsea take on Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday - but can you name every Portuguese player to have played for the club in the Premier League?
- Mon, 12 Apr 2021 22:02:44 +0000: Garth Crooks' team of the week: Johnstone, Alexander-Arnold, Dallas, Lingard, Pulisic, Saint-Maximin - BBC Sport
Who is playing at the top of their game and who should leave out the dance moves? It's all in Garth Crooks' team of the week.
Roberto DiMatteo has been a busy manager for Chelsea so far in the transfer window with a number of new signings making their way to Stamford Bridge with the Italian looking to strengthen his squad considerably after a poor premier league season. One of the first signings of the season for the club was influential winger Eden Hazard for a fee believed to be around the twenty five million pound mark with the player signing a four year deal for the current European champions.
Another player is a hot favourite to be plying his trade at the bridge next season is the highly regarded Brazilian super kid Oscar although negotiations are still ongoing to bring him to England. The Internacional playmaker is thought to be costing Chelsea a fee of around twenty five million pounds but the deal according to DiMatteo is far from being completed and could fall through at any moment if the players current side decide to barter the price for his services. The player has stated that he would like to help his country compete in the Olympic games before he puts pen to paper so Chelsea fans may have to wait a little longer before they know if they have their man.
Wigan today have again rejected a third bid from Chelsea to bring in form winger Victor Moses to the bridge as the Lactics are doing their very best to keep their star player at the club for another season. Moses who has just a single year left on his current contract with Wigan is seen as the perfect addition to the Italians plans but the offer which is thought to be around the three and a half million pound mark is thought to be way short of the Lactics valuation of the player.
Frenchman Florent Malouda is another player whos future lies in the balance at Chelsea with the winger said to be wanting to hold showdown talks with the club after moving down the pecking order at the bridge. Malouda wishes to have his future clarified before the start of the season or he will look for pastures new with the player being strongly linked with Santos who feel the player would be perfect for their needs and could offer him first team football every week.
Chelsea now also face stern opposition for the signature of Brazilian playmaker Lucas Moura who is currently under contract with Sao Paulo from clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Inter Milan. The player is widely thought to be one of the hottest prospects in world football and has an outstanding record for his home side.