The Blues appeared to put one foot in the last four of Europe’s elite club competition on Wednesday night as an impressive goal in each half from England internationals Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell secured a 2-0 ‘away’ win on neutral territory in Seville.
Mount’s first Champions League goal was one of real quality, with the academy graduate showing brilliant skill to control and turn from Jorginho’s pass before beating Agustin Marchesin with an arrowed low shot from a tricky angle.
Despite his latest moment of magic, the 22-year-old is clearly eager for Chelsea to guard against complacency ahead of the second leg at the same venue - Sevilla’s Roman Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium - on April 13.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game. Coming into the game, we knew how hard to play against them it is and that we wouldn’t have many chances, but we kept going,” Mount told BT Sport.
“We obviously got the goal first half and then late on in the second, and that obviously secured a good win. But that’s only half the tie, we’ve still got the second leg to go.”
He added: “The job is not done. They are going to come and fight for the next leg and we’re going to have to give it our all again.”
Despite the final scoreline, Porto generally impressed against Chelsea and gave their opponents some notable scares during a battling performance.
And Conceicao is optimistic that the Portuguese giants can overturn a formidable deficit next week.
“We know we still have the chance to qualify for the semi-finals, but we will have to score first,” he said.
“We are confident enough to do that.
“We believe that from a strategic point of view the players produced a strong performance.
“Individually the opponent scored two goals, but it was a match where we did more than to lose by two goals.”