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Chelsea vs Porto

Chelsea were back in European action on Tuesday evening vs FC Porto.

Last time out, the Blues would pick up a 2-0 win over the Portuguese outfit in the first of two Champions League quarter-finals.

Despite both games being played in Sevilla, last Wednesday’s tie was Chelsea’s away leg, meaning they of course boasted a heavy advantage in this tie after netting two ‘away’ goals.

And though they seemingly already had one foot in the semi-final ahead of kick-off on Tuesday, Thomas Tuchel still put out a very strong starting line-up, which included the front-three that tortured Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Team news is in! #CHEPOR pic.twitter.com/m3GoON4WVc

— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) April 13, 2021

Chelsea into semi-finals

In truth, though, today’s game was pretty much the complete opposite of what unfolded vs Palace.

The first half-chance of the day fell to Mason Mount seven minutes in when the midfielder’s effort from the edge of the box was deflected out for a corner.

Jesus Corona was then nearly gifted a clear shot on goal after a poor clearance from Edouard Mendy but Jorginho did well to block the chance.

The open half-hour of Tuesday’s tie, though, saw neither side really test the opposition keepers.

Chelsea created a few chances from some swift counterattacks but seemed fairly happy to keep things tight and limit Porto’s opportunities, which of course made sense considering they had a two-goal lead.

And when the first 45 drew to a close, the scores remained at 0-0, with Chelsea just one half away from their first CL semi-final since 2014.

0 – Chelsea v Porto is only the second match in this season’s UEFA Champions League to see neither side muster a shot on target in the first half, after Dynamo Kyiv v Ferencvaros in December. Ebbing. pic.twitter.com/QMtjdUOXs0

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 13, 2021

The second half saw the Londoners continue to enjoy some success on the break, with a last-ditch tackle from Chancel Mbemba denying Mason Mount 57 minutes in.

The first shot on target from either outfit on the evening eventually came after 65 minutes when Mendy saved well from substitute, Mehdi Taremi.

Porto would pull one back with 93 minutes on the clock, but it was not enough to rescue the tie for them, with Chelsea now set to face one of Real Madrid or Liverpool in the semis.

Pulisic earns Hazard comparisons

Though the tie itself was fairly dull, one player did stand out for the Blues in Sevilla.

That man was Christian Pulisic, who finally looks to be regaining some form after a pretty poor 2020/21 overall.

The American’s pace, skill and power proved to be a nightmare for FC Porto players, which led to the winger being fouled and brought down on countless occasions over the course of 90 minutes.

Said display also saw some of the Chelsea faithful compare the former Dortmund man with one of their greatest-ever wingers, Eden Hazard:

Pulisic tonight is moving like Hazard 14/15 negl

— (@IbzSpeaks) April 13, 2021

Pulisic Pulisic Pulisic!! Pulisic reminds me of Eden Hazard tonight. Man is really frustrating Porto players #CHEPOR

— JustMe (@YoungbauseLarry) April 13, 2021

Pulisic being Hazard esque for us winning those constant fouls

— Mobolaji-sanni Seun (@SeunMobolaji) April 13, 2021

Yup. 2018 World Cup Eden Hazard is wearing 10 tonight for Chelsea.

— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) April 13, 2021

Pulisic giving me Hazard vibes tonight

— CFC-Blues (@CFCBlues_com) April 13, 2021

#CHEPOR .. Pulisic today reminds me of E. Hazard !

— Saud CFC (@saudcfc) April 13, 2021

Pulisic is our hazard tonight

— Tejas Naik (@Tejasnaik01) April 13, 2021

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