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Chelsea Qualify For CL Knockout Stages

Chelsea secured their spot in the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-0 win over FC Porto in the final group stage game on Wednesday.

The Blues got off to a good start courtesy of an own goal by Ivan Marcano in the 12th minute. Willian then made it 2-0 in the 54th minute. With the win, Chelsea topped Group G ahead of Dynamo Kiev. Porto finished in 3rd and will now head to the Europa League.

Manager Jose Mourinho was pleased with the performance and the result. He also spoke about having some luck that they haven’t had in league play.

“The thing that I’m most happy with, apart from the result, is the fact we needed a point to qualify and the players accepted the challenge of playing to win,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com. “That’s not easy when the moment is bad, results are negative and pressure is high. They were brave to accept that challenge. Apart from that I felt the first goal was fundamental. When we scored they were in a difficult position because they needed to win, a point wasn’t enough for them. We knew we could conceded a goal and still qualify.

“What gives me confidence is the fact that we have been playing okay for the last couple of months, the results haven’t been as good as the work we do every day and the way the players are playing. We could have had different results against Stoke, Tottenham, Bournemouth.

“The piece of luck we had with the first goal tonight we’ve never had in the Premier League. It was a great decision by the official on the goal-line and we never get that in the Premier League, despite the fact it’s goal-line technology.

“When the game started both teams were under pressure, when we scored the first goal the picture was different. We were more calm, more relaxed, the players could be in control of the game and the situation for Porto was more difficult.”

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