Thomas Tuchel was pleased that Chelsea were able to implement his defensive plan against Porto in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final.
reached the Champions League semifinals despite a 1-0 defeat againstFC Porto
in Seville on Tuesday, with a 2-1 victory on aggregate.
scored the only goal of the game with an acrobatic bicycle kick four minutes into stoppage time, but it was not enough for the away side over the two legs.
it was a pleasure to see his side fought hard to progress.
"It was a pleasure to watch them fight and be on the sideline with them to see them through,"
Tuchel told BT Sport
"We accepted what was needed was a tough, tough fight. Maybe on the television it was not so nice to watch but, on the sidelines, it was a very intense game, a very fast game.
"[Porto] attack in a fluid and aggressive way. They change positions all the time. They come from behind, they overlap and you have to adapt to many movements. With every minute we did it better and better after a tough start.
"We defended well and deserved a clean sheet. We had the better chances - not a lot - but the better half chances. We could not finish it off with a goal so we had to hang in there and the guys did that. Overall we deserved to beat Porto. It was a tough 180 minutes."