Champions League: Five things we learned from Chelsea's win against FC Porto

Chelsea went ahead with a Marcano Sierra own goal and didn't look back from there after Willian netted in the second to win the game for his side.

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015, 17:59 PM IST
Champions League: Five things we learned from Chelsea's win against FC Porto

New Delhi: Jose Mourinho's Chelsea breathed new sense of positivity in its stuttering season after winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to top Champions League Group Stage.

Chelsea's win was celebrated by owner Roman Abramovich in the VIP stands as the Blues dominated proceedings to down the Portuguese giants.

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Jose Mourinho who is in added pressure with Chelsea's poor form in the Premier League, saw his side bring some venom and flashes of its old self to give the fans some deserved joy on Wednesday.

Chelsea went ahead with a Marcano Sierra own goal and didn't look back from there after Willian netted in the second to win the game for his side.

Here are the five things we learned from the match.

Jose Mourinho deserves respect and time: The Blues manager has been on the wrong side of the boat at Chelsea this season after controversies and poor performances have seen him receive wide criticism. Jose showed his experience and tactical prowess yet again when it mattered most as Chelsea summed up a solid performance at home. Topping the group will give Jose and the players immense confidence and Jose needs to be backed given his pedigree.

Willian has been Chelsea's best player this season: Willian has dictated the pitch for Chelsea and has grown with stature with every game that has gone by. He scored a first open goal this season after netting six from free kicks across all competitions. Willian's pace created problems for Porto and his inventions in attacking areas opened up spaces.

Hazard and Costa getting back to their best: Both Eden Hazard and Diego Costa showed against Porto that they are getting back to their usual self in tormenting opponents. Costa opened up spaces in attack and looked hungry. His link-up play with Hazard was brilliant to watch especially their connection for the second goal. Hazard struck the post too and made an assist.

Porto miss out on big night: Porto's failure to qualify for the Group Stages serves as a big blow. Despite finishing on 10 points, Porto's inability to create a spark at Stamford Bridge hurt them badly. Despite a good run domestically, Porto lacked an attacking intent throughout the match and also failed to register a single shot on target.

Chelsea show nerves and character: Despite losing the weekend's EPL clash against Bournemoth, Chelsea came into the game with some added pressure. But throughout the game they showed their nerves to handle the pressure well. Chelsea's home performances have been poor this season and the win served as a major boost as they will face favourable draws in the next round.