Mason Mount insists Porto job is only half done after starring in Chelsea’s Champions League quarter-final first leg victory
Mason Mount insisted Chelsea’s task of overcoming Porto is only half done after the Blues produced an impressive display to win their Champions League quarter-final first leg 2-0.
Mount’s masterful strike in the first half and Ben Chilwell’s late finish handed Chelsea a fine victory over their Portuguese opponents in Seville.
The England playmaker, who has enjoyed a fantastic campaign both for club and country, latched onto Jorginho’s angled ball, spun away from the cover and slotted into the corner in a rare moment of pure quality in Spain.
And Chilwell sealed the points when he nipped on to a loose ball before rounding Agustin Marchesin and tapping into the empty net to put the Blues in control at the tie’s halfway point.
Goalscorer Mount was delighted with the win, but warned that the job was only half done.
He told BT Sport: “We knew it was going to be a tough game. Coming into the game, we knew how hard to play against them it is and that we wouldn’t have many chances, but we kept going.
“We obviously got the goal first half and then late on in the second, and that obviously secured a good win. But that’s only half the tie, we’ve still got the second leg to go.”
Tuchel hailed ‘key player’ Mount for taking his career to the next level with his stunning strike .
He said: “The first goal was very important for us. We had been a bit too tense, not precise enough and we had lacked a bit of rhythm.
“The finish was clinical, it was excellent from Mason. He has the quality to do this, and in a quarter-final it is a big step for him and a big, big help for the team.
“Mason has the right mentality and the right attitude towards training and games. And he has the right attitude towards success. He’s got both feet on the ground, and he’s open enough and hungry to learn.
“It’s very difficult for me to compare him to different players in different positions, and different players in the same position from different clubs. But Mason is a very important player for us. A key player for us.”