Mason Mount was labelled ‘Chelsea’s brightest player’ after he and Ben Chilwell fired in their first Champions League goals to put the Blues in a commanding position in their Champions League quarter-final tie against Porto.
Mount expertly put Chelsea ahead before half time as he brilliantly spun on the half-turn to leave a Porto defender for dead before slotting into the corner.
And Ben Chilwell completed what was a comfortable 2-0 victory for the Premier League side with a superb solo effort to put Thomas Tuchel’s men in a brilliant position to land themselves in semi-final of the Champions League.
Former Liverpool defender Danny Mills waxed lyrical about Mount’s brilliant goal following his sublime piece of skill.
“Mason Mount has been Chelsea’s brightest player,” Mills told talkSPORT.
“He’s demanding the ball, he wants it from Kovacic.
“He lets the ball run through his legs with a little reverse Cruyff turn and then he’s into the box and has one thing on his mind and that’s shoot.
“It’s not the cleanest connection in the world and the goalkeeper could have done a little bit better but it’s a good finish from Mount.
Mount’s first-half goal settled Chelsea’s early nerves and Thomas Tuchel’s men put in an imperious defensive display to see out the victory in the second-half.
Chelsea rode their luck at times, with Edouard Mendy producing fine saves to thwart Pepe and Moussa Marega, but ultimately fully merited their first-leg victory.
Mount and Chilwell’s efforts count as away goals, even though both legs of the last-eight tie are being played at Sevilla’s neutral Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium due to coronavirus travel constraints.
Chelsea were able to hit back from Saturday’s 5-2 Premier League thumping by West Brom, and also move past the training-ground spat between Antonio Rudiger and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mount’s fine strike separated the sides for much of the match, with the 22-year-old scoring his first Champions League goal.
Omitted from the starting XI for Thomas Tuchel’s first match at the Chelsea helm back in January for the Blues’ goalless draw with Wolves, Mount has quickly won the German manager’s trust.
Chilwell has had to battle hard with Marcos Alonso for game time on the left flank, but the 24-year-old capped an impressive showing with a stunning late solo goal.