A 2-0 win told only part of the story of last week’s first leg, with Porto having twice as many shots as the Blues and forcing Edouard Mendy into a busy if not overly troublesome evening. Their quality, evidenced by knocking Juventus out in the Round of 16, means they will always cause problems for opponents, according to Tuchel.
‘You have to accept against Porto that it’s a little bit up and down in some minutes and we experienced that in the first leg,’ he added.
‘We managed to control the match in some minutes, to create half-chances, to find some space for acceleration and to have good counter-pressing. But in some minutes they escaped the pressure and they can be very dangerous with runs and dribbles and individual quality. They overload the sides and they are very strong on set-pieces so they give you a lot of questions to answer.
‘They can shift the momentum but it’s a totally normal thing because it happened in all their matches against Manchester City and Juventus [earlier in the competition]. They have quality, they are a proud club and a very emotional team so this is what we have to accept.
‘We should not over-expect from ourselves or lose our temper and patience because of these moments where it’s getting difficult. If it happens again, don’t worry because it’s normal.’