Chelsea look perfectly set-up for 2012 repeat under Tuchel

Forget about Mehdi Taremi’s stunning injury time overhead kick – this tie was never in doubt. 

Frankly, it was going to take a moment of pure genius to breach Chelsea’s rock solid rear-guard – and how many of those can you expect in any given match? 

Because under Thomas Tuchel, that’s how hard you have to work to get anything from his side. And that’s the lesson Liverpool and Real can take if they watched this match from their respective hotels before they battle for the right to meet Chelsea in the last four. 

A 1-0 defeat in no way reflects Chelsea’s total control of a match that Porto had to win after losing the first leg 2-0. 

Other than Taremi’s spectacular intervention when the tie was already gone, the Portuguese champions never looked like finding a way through.

The shock conquerors of Juventus in the round of 16 at no point looked like repeating the trick over 180 minutes of this quarter-final tie.

Chelsea did what they had to. Saw out the game with the maturity and professionalism of seasoned winners. 

Tuchel has turned into genuine contenders to win club football’s biggest prize by making them one of the hardest teams to beat in Europe. 

That is what await the victors from Liverpool and Real – a team that looks perfectly set-up for this competition. 

Considering this was a team that was in freefall when Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January, it is a remarkable turnaround by the German and triumph of his coaching ability. 

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