Chelsea took a big step to the semi-finals of the Champions League on Wednesday evening, partly thanks to Mason Mount, by beating FC Porto with 0-2. Trainer Thomas Tuchel is impressed by the way the former Vitesse player shows himself to the Londoners.
The 22-year-old Mount made the 0-1 after more than half an hour and is now Chelsea’s youngest ever goalscorer in the knockout phase of the Champions League. The attacking midfielder turned nicely away from his opponent and outwitted goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín with a low shot into the far corner.
“The way Mason scored was very clinical and beautiful,” Tuchel said after the game, which was played in Sevilla, Spain, due to travel restrictions between England and Portugal. “He has the qualities to score like that. But the fact that he also shows this in the quarter-finals is a big step for him.”
Mount, who kept former Ajax player Hakim Ziyech on the bench, scored five times since Tuchel took over from the fired Frank Lampard at the end of January. No other Chelsea player has been more productive in recent months than the Englishman, who played on a rental basis for Vitesse in the 2017/2018 season.
“Mason is a key player in our team and I am very happy that he can be so important to us at this young age,” said Tuchel. “His goal came at the right time, because in that phase we ran into a lot of chances and our game was static.”
Ben Chilwell also made it 0-2 in Seville in the 85th minute, leaving Chelsea with one leg in the semi-finals of the Champions League. The return will be completed in Spain again next Tuesday.