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Azpilicueta pleased with one key Chelsea trait despite Porto defeat

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Cesar Azpilicueta has named the one thing he was impressed with, despite Chelsea losing to Porto on Tuesday night.


Azpilicueta was left pleased with Chelsea’s mentality and overall approach against Porto on Tuesday night.

A resolute defensive performance in the second leg in Seville saw the Blues hold on to the lead from the first leg, progressing 2-1 on aggregate despite a late consolation goal by the Portuguese side deep into extra time at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had to keep their cool, with Porto whipping in cross after cross into their box. In the end, they did just enough to progress.


“We knew that Porto are a tough team,” Azpilicueta said after the game as per the club’s website.

“They knocked out Juventus, they play with a lot of intensity, and we knew that we had to suffer, even though we had a very good result from the first leg.”

“Despite the score at the end I think we controlled the game and we were a bit unlucky in the last few metres where we could maybe create more chances.”


“Porto have very good attacking players, they are used to dominating games in their league, they create a lot of goals with different attacking options, they have people on the bench. So they are a very good team.”

“We know that Porto every time make the games very difficult for their opponents. They don’t let you play, they are very aggressive, so you have to fight.”

“The team showed that spirit and when you want to get through it doesn’t matter how. Of course, we are very honest and we know that we can play better, but sometimes it’s the game to dig in, to fight together, and the team showed that spirit in the two games.”