SEVILLE, Spain: Thomas Tuchel has urged his Chelsea youth squad to enjoy their Champions League adventure after they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2014.
Despite losing 1-0 at the hands of Porto in the quarter-final rematch in Seville, Chelsea advanced 2-1 on aggregate.
They will meet either Real Madrid or Liverpool in the semi -finals.
Tuchel applied defensive tactics to keep the aggregate 2-0 until Mehdi Taremi broke the deadlock with a scissor kick in injury time.
Chelsea have lost just once in 18 games under Tuchel who replaced Frank Lampard in January.
Advancing to the last four of the Champions League is a proud achievement for Chelsea’s young squad, most of whom have no experience playing in Europe’s highest tournament.
Tuchel is aware players like Mason Mount, Reece James, Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell and Christian Pulisic are still in the exposure stage, but he hopes their courage will be something worthwhile.
“Mason scored his first goal of the tournament during the first quarterfinal game.
“When (Kylian) Mbappe scores a goal or (Mohamed) Salah scores a goal or (Karim) Benzema scores a goal, it’s their 100th or 50th goal in a match.
“We are present as a young team. They can fight, run and survive. We have to consider it an adventure for them. It’s a big step.
“You know when was the last time Chelsea were in the semi -finals. We’re not used to being there. It’s a great achievement,” Tuchel said.