The eye-popping stat of Tuesday's game: the 11 fouls Pulisic suffered, the most in a Champions League game since Real Madrid fouled Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the 2011 semifinals.
It was the second straight game Pulisic played 90 minutes -- he scored twice in the 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday -- and it comes only 10 days after he was subbed at halftime of the 5-2 loss to West Bromwich, fearing another hamstring injury.
Christian Pulisic: raw # for Chelsea in 1-0 loss (2-1 agg win) over Porto:— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) April 13, 2021
2 key passes
29/35 passing (83%)
16/24 duels won (!)
1/3 long balls
3/3 on dribbles
11x fouled (!!)
1/5 aerials won
1 blocked shot#USMNT
“We accepted what was needed was a tough, tough fight," said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in his post-game television interview. "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. We accepted what was needed tonight, and I think we deserved to go through."