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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates after the match REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates after the match REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrates after the match REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount saluted the impact made by manager Thomas Tuchel since his arrival at the club as he steered the Blues into a Champions League semi-final in seven years despite the Blues' 1-0 quarter-final second-leg loss to Porto.

Chelsea nerves were frayed as they plotted a route to the Champions League semi-finals, but the Londoners will take on Liverpool or Real Madrid in the next round after a tense 2-1 aggregate defeat over FC Porto.

Mehdi Taremi's stunning overhead kick in second-half added time put the squeeze on Chelsea, but the Blues still progressed with a tight aggregate win.

It was a real triumph for Tuchel as the impact he has made at the club since taking over from Frank Lampard in January was highlighted, with Mount quick to praise his boss.

"He has had a big impact," Mount told BT Sport. "It's difficult to come in midway through the season but he has had a big impact on the players. We have known from day one what he has wanted and implemented it in the games.

"We are working hard in training and it is showing. We are looking solid as a team. We have been performing at a high level. We need to continue that.

"It doesn't get better than that. The most important thing was getting through and we did that. We could have played better but just getting through was at the forefront and we did that tonight.

"We know as a team we had to work our socks off. We knew what the final result was if we won. The boys off the bench did that too. We were together as a team.

"We are buzzing. We are in a good position at the moment. We know we are playing well but we have big, big games coming up. We have an FA Cup semi-final and we go into each game with the confidence we can win. We need to do that in the league as well."

"We will take anyone in the semi-finals. We're ready for the fight and the battle. We get to sit down and watch it and really analyse it. We will be ready for anyone."

Tuchel was also in upbeat mood, as he suggested the intensity of the game played on neutral ground in Seville pushed his players to the limit.

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"We accepted what was needed was a tough, tough fight," said the German. "Maybe on the television it was not so nice to watch but on the sidelines it was a very intense game, a very fast game.

"It was a tough fight and very hard to play against them to escape the pressure. They attack in a fluid and aggressive way. They change positions all the time. They come from behind, they overlap and you have to adapt to many movements. With every minute we did it better and better after a tough start.

"We defended well and deserved a clean sheet. We had the better chances - not a lot - but the better half chances. We could not finish it off with a goal so we had to hang in there and the guys did that. Overall we deserved to beat Porto. It was a tough 180 minutes."

Tuchel also hinted he would rather play Real Madrid than Liverpool in the semi-final as he added: "In general I like not to play against teams from your same league in the Champions League as it gives more of a feeling of a European competition but that is the only thing. The game is far from over but I will watch it for sure.

"It is a pleasure to watch it as a semi-finalist which is a great achievement. We will watch these games and everything is possible. Liverpool are very strong at home so we take what we get. It is a good situation for us."

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