Chelsea triumphed over Porto after a hard fought battle with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz performing below expectations
Thomas Tuchel believes it wasn’t Timo Werner and Kai Havertz’s night and he subbed off the Germans in the 65th minute of the game.
Chelsea scaled above a stubborn Porto side after Ben Chilwell sealed Mason Mount’s super turn first half lead.
The win hands Tuchel a major boost ahead of their second leg tie as he set eyes for another round qualification.
Speaking after the game, Tuchel explained detailed reason why he pulled his German countrymen we earlier than expected.
‘At the time I accepted that it was a tough match for Timo and Kai today, they didn’t have their best day,’ Tuchel said.
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‘We did not deliver so good so the connection between the seven and the front three wasn’t there. The balls we delivered weren’t the best balls.
‘Also, I could feel that our two German players, Kai and Timo, didn’t play at their highest level so I wanted to have an impact from the bench.’
Timo Werner was replaced by Christian Pulisic while Olivier Giroud took Kai Havertz’s place, as this brilliantly rewarded Tuchel.
‘Christian [Pulisic] has good momentum and Oli [Giroud] had good experienced and memories of the stadium. We wanted to keep going in the match,’ the former PSG boss added.
‘It’s very hard that once you lead, you play with the mentality of not losing what you had and keeping what you have. We wanted to win the next half, the next duel and to try and score the next goal.
‘The best way to defend is to attack, to have more possession and to have courage. I am happy with the impact from our substitutes today.
‘It’s absolutely necessary that we have this bond between the players and impact from the bench. We are super happy because the job is half done, but we need another top performance next week.’