FC Porto of Portugal defender, Zaidu Sanusi has gained technical support from a former player, even after many fans and critics felt the left-back was guilty of a costly error in his side’s loss to Chelsea of England during the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal meeting.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Sanusi and his teammates have an uphill task on their hands during the reverse fixture next week, after losing 2-0 to the visitors at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán on Wednesday night, even after the Super Eagles left-back returned to Porto’s starting line-up.
Porto’s coach, Sérgio Conceição rested Sanusi against the lad’s former club, Santa Clara last weekend, but many observers argued that it would have been better had the defender not played, after Thomas Tuchel’s London-based side got the edge on their hosts.
Due to travel restrictions between the United Kingdom and Portugal, the return leg will also be played at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, with Chelsea playing hosts next Tuesday at same venue, yet The Blues hold a strong advantage, after Mason Mount opened scoring in the first half and Ben Chilwell sealed the day in the second half got on the scoresheet.
Sanusi appeared culpable in the 32nd minute, as Jorginho picked out the 22-year-old Mount, whose clever turn and backheel fooled the Nigerian star, and the Chelsea lad then fired home a right-footed drive into the far corner.
However, despite Sanusi then coming up for knocks from various quarters, former Crystal Palace striker, Clinton Morrison exonerated him for the first goal conceded by Porto and insisted that the Portuguese club’s goalkeeper, Marchesín was at fault.
Morrison said on BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s patient play and even though Porto have a good shape, it’s a good ball in by Jorginho into Mason Mount’s feet. The turn is so sweet, so sharp. The goalkeeper is at fault for me, though.”