Tuchel singles out Chelsea duo for praise after Porto win

Tuchel singles out Chelsea duo for praise after Porto win

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has heaped praise on Chelsea duo Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho following the Blues' 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night. 

The London side recorded an impressive win against the Portuguese side, which puts them in firm control of the tie ahead of next week's return leg. 

The midfielders were impressive at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, with the Italian scooping the Man of the Match award. 

He however challenged Kovacic to be more clinical in the final third. 

"Yeah they worked hard – this is very reliable with the two guys,"

"Very reliable all the time, they were very helpful in the build-up, and then in the second half I could feel their presence a little bit more,"

"You know Kova is always a hard worker, he sometimes suffers a little bit in the precision of his offensive passes because he works so hard and is a big, big helper for everybody. ‘Jorgi is a bit more the strategic guy who helps us in the build-up and he makes good decisions and helps us to escape the pressure.

"So they are a good fit and in the end to have NG [Kante] on the bench and to finish with all three midfielders this helps us a lot because the guys have the experience and the quality,"

"They had a bit of a tough start today, it was tough for them in the beginning to implement themselves and to control the midfield against a strong Porto side.

"But from minute after minute they did it better and they controlled the match for us. They did what was needed,"

Chelsea will return to the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium for the second leg due to travel restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.