Mason Mount said he was taken aback by Ben Chilwell’s “brilliant composure” in front of the goal in Chelsea’s 2-0 first-leg win over Porto on Wednesday.
It was a special evening, not only for Chelsea but especially for both Mount and Chilwell who scored their first Champions League goals.
The former showcased his incredible touch as he gracefully dragged the ball past his defender before burying the ball in the far corner in the first half.
However, while the midfielder has always had that footwork in his locker, Chilwell’s striker-esque composure inside the 18-yard box was a pleasant surprise to many, including Mount.
“Yeah, I said to him after the game, brilliant composure from him,” Mount told Chelsea TV about Chilwell’s goal, smiling.
“I didn’t expect it to be fair, I thought he was going to shoot as soon as he got past the defender and was one-on-one [with the goalkeeper] — I thought he was going to shoot.”
“As I saw him take the touch and go past [the goalkeeper], I was thinking, ‘Oh my, he’s going to put it in, this!’
“Brilliant finish, and [I am] very happy for him as well to get his first Champions League goal.”
While it was not as comfortable as the final score suggests for Chelsea, with Edouard Mendy having to make five saves in the game, they are certainly happy with the win and the two away goals.
They will make a short trip to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park on Saturday, before flying back to Seville for the second-leg match against Porto next week.