Sergio Conceicao says he is still optimistic about the chances of Porto to qualify despite losing the first leg of the Champions League quarter final to Chelsea 2-0 in Seville on Wednesday.
The Blues opened the scoring after 32 minutes when Jorginho found Mason Mount on the edge of the box and the youngster pirouetted around Chancel Mbemba, who went in early for the ball, before beating Agustin Marchesin with a fine finish.
The Dragons put together a solid performance but failed to produce any major chances with the west Londoners missing the chance to double the score early on in the second half when Kai Havertz failed in front of open goal.
But Chelsea sealed the win, and perhaps the tie, on 85 minutes when Jesus Corona gave the ball away at the back with a poor touch that led to Ben Chilwell picking it up and dribbling past Marchesin to double the “visitors'” lead
Despite the final scoreline, Porto generally impressed against Chelsea and gave their opponents some notable scares during a battling performance.
And Conceicao is optimistic that the Portuguese giants can overturn a formidable deficit next week.
“We know we still have the chance to qualify for the semi-finals, but we will have to score first,” he said.
“We are confident enough to do that.
“We believe that from a strategic point of view the players produced a strong performance.
“Individually the opponent scored two goals, but it was a match where we did more than to lose by two goals.”
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