Chelsea: Tuchel praises ‘key’ Mason Mount
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Malang Sarr and Thomas Tuchel shared a moment at full-time as Chelsea emerged 2-0 winners over Porto in their first-leg Champions League encounter.
One player that is familiar with both Chelsea and Porto is Sarr – who was sent out on loan to Portugal from the Blues.
The Frenchman was signed on a free transfer last summer from Nice and initially started life well at Porto.
But in recent months, the 22-year-old has been resigned to a spot on the bench while there has been a change of management at Stamford Bridge with Tuchel replacing Frank Lampard in January.
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Sarr would have been allowed to play against his parent club, as UEFA rules stipulates.
It was the same scenario that saw Thibaut Courtois feature for Atletico Madrid as they knocked the Blues out in 2014.
However, Sergio Conceicao opted against using the youngster from the bench – but he did have a chance to meet up with his Chelsea pals.
At full-time, there were hand slaps and hugs from the likes of Chilwell, Tammy Abraham and N’Golo Kante but the one he seemed the most keen to meet was Tuchel.
Having never met, there was a hand shake and a short conversation in a fleeting moment.
Sarr looks set to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer and will be hoping to break into the first-team under the German manager.
Chelsea are in the market for a centre-back, especially one that is left-footed as Sarr is, to fit into Tuchel’s three-at-the-back formation.
The Blues have one foot in the semi-finals of the tournament – a stage they have not reached since 2014.
It comes after goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell gave them two vital ‘away’ goals despite both sides travelling to Sevilla’s home ground for the tie to take place.
The Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium will host the second leg next week as Chelsea look to prevent any chance of a comeback from the Dragons.
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