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Stamford Bridge

Thu 02 May 2013 20:05 (Attendance: 39,403)

PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V BASEL

It's the final Thursday game of the season as the quest for silverware continues. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton put the semi-final second leg under the spotlight…


TALKING POINTS
Basel natives refer to themselves as 'Bebbi' and after last week's blow to morale inflicted on their home ground by Chelsea, they need a show of smouldering defiance. Perhaps they could emulate Patrick Swayze and proclaim, 'Nobody puts Bebbi in a corner.'

There was little Dirty Dancing in Basel last Thursday though perhaps Eden Hazard gave 'em the old Basel-dazzle. David Luiz broke their hearts but it was the Belgian who swept the Swiss off their feet and Chelsea had enough chances to win more comfortably.

What we know for sure is that to progress to the final in Amsterdam on 15 May Basel would have to win tonight by a scoreline greater than 1-0. The Swiss champions have bullishly said they have 'nothing to lose' but their impressive recent scalps in UEFA competitions were founded on fine home form. They have never won an away game in Europe after the winter break.

KEY STAT
Chelsea are hoping to qualify for our 12th final over the 10 years of the Roman Abramovich era, and our fifth European final overall.


Nor have Basel ever won on English soil. The victory in Switzerland last week was also the first by a Chelsea side in an away European semi-final first leg. Of the previous six, we lost four and drew two.

The champions of Europe could yet win the Europa League before relinquishing the Champions League title. No side has ever won the two trophies that way round - typical contrary Chelsea, should it happen.

Basel's priorities may also have shifted over the past week. On Sunday Murat Yakin's men looked jaded in a 0-3 league defeat by Lucerne at St Jakob-Park. They were last beaten at home without scoring way back in May 2009 - Christian Gross's final game in charge.

The result allowed deadly rivals Grasshoppers to move three points behind the title holders and the Zurich club's next fixture is a relatively easy one at home to Servette, marooned at the foot of the Swiss Super League. Basel face an away to fourth-placed Sion.

Should Yakin risk injured Fabian Schär (pictured below), his side's defensive lynchpin, and striker Marco Streller tonight, or allow them to recover fully for Sunday?

Basel

Chelsea travel to Old Trafford this weekend knowing that a haul of nine points from the remaining 12 available will guarantee a top-four finish.

On Sunday Frank Lampard equalled Andy Cole's record of scoring against 38 different Premier League clubs for Chelsea and West Ham. He is now just one goal behind all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling, who hit 202.

This is the 35th successive midweek our players have played for club or country. The last clear week all the players were at Cobham training was the final week of August leading up to the Super Cup against Atlético Madrid.

KEY TWEET
Who was Chelsea's first Swiss international player? #CFCPMB


Nine players from Chelsea and Basel's squads will be suspended for the final if they are booked tonight (four from Chelsea and five from Basel).

If the score after 90 minutes is 2-1 to Basel then extra time will be played and if necessary penalties. The away goals rule applies so any other score will result in the game ending after normal time.

Chelsea have won three of our last five penalty shoot-outs, the last being at the Allianz Arena in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich. Basel's shoot-out win against Tottenham in the last round was their first in UEFA competitions.

The winners tonight will play Fenerbahçe or Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena on Wednesday 15 May. Chelsea have beaten both the other semi-finalists in our only encounters to date.

Former Blues Miroslav Stoch and Raul Meireles of Fenerbahçe take a 1-0 lead to Portugal from last week. The influential Luisão was missing for Benfica with a thigh injury and the Turks dominated aerial battles. Meireles was carried off on a stretcher after an hour.

The Águias's last two defeats in all competitions at Estádio da Luz were against Barça this season and Chelsea last.

Tonight's semi-final Europa League ties
Chelsea v Basel 8.05pm (agg 2-1)
Benfica v Fenerbahçe 8.05pm (agg 0-1)


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TACTICAL BRIEF
A place in the 2013 Europa League final is at stake tonight. What are the factors that might define whether it's Chelsea or Basel who make it to Amsterdam in May?

Key battles
Murat Yakin bemoaned Basel's heavy schedule after their 0-3 home defeat against Lucerne, the first in the league at St Jakob-Park this season. However, the manager was also critical of the handful of players he'd drafted in who had not been involved in Chelsea's 2-1 win on Thursday.

The team looked jaded and reporters suggested the loss shattered Yakin's shield of invincibility. However, Chelsea's win - after their 13 games without defeat at home - had already ended their long and proud unbeaten run in Europe.

The hosts lapsed into several unforced errors to ease Lucerne's victory, as well as a lack of cutting edge upfront. Former Liverpool right-back Philipp Degen was left for dead on Lucerne's first, while centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic missed a hasty halfway line challenge on the second and allowed a pass to bounce through his legs leading to the third. Mohamed Elneny was rested on Sunday; Salah came off the bench on 63 minutes.

To compound matters the visitors brought back their recent recruit, former Basel striker Alex Frei, a reminder of the experience and dynamism that was clearly missed during our Europa League meeting.

Argentinean centre-forward Raúl Bobadilla - ineligible for this competition - stood in (though six inches shorter) for injured skipper Marco Streller and looked less at ease with Basel's pass-and-move style.

Dragovic, who scored against Spurs in the previous round, was one of three Basel players who had previously featured in all 13 games for the Swiss. The other two are pacy forward Mohamed Salah and goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who was criticised for mishandling Luíz's winner but also made several decent saves.

Much of that is heartening news for the Blues, who followed up the impressive win in Switzerland by pulling two points away from rivals Arsenal and Spurs by beating Swansea. Chelsea should be less distracted by domestic issues than the Swiss.

An important aspect of the first-leg win was the balance and defensive solidity of the Blues. Rafael Benitez expects Ramires to recover from a dead leg but in any case David Luiz has excelled there.

He is one of the reasons Chelsea have been cutting supply lines of opponents between midfield and wide areas, and swiftly converting to attack. First-leg goalscorer Victor Moses may well have another Europa League run out tonight.

Branislav Ivanovic was given a break at the weekend and could return at right- or centre-back, especially for set-plays, where the Blues clearly had the edge over Basel. Mikel has not been involved since the draw at Liverpool.

Fernando Torres will step back in for the ineligible Demba Ba and Ashley Cole's suspension should ensure a recall for Ryan Bertrand. The left-back will have to be at his best to handle Salah's nippy mischief.

Streller has been nursing a hamstring injury and was rested in the weekend defeat. The 6ft 6in target man, whose touch surprisingly let him down at times under pressure from John Terry, expects to be fit this evening, as does knee victim Fabian Schär.

Stocker and Ivanovic

When holding the ball better he links very well with Mohamed Elneny and the bustling Valentin Stocker (pictured above), who hit the post during our initial encounter and won the penalty - however fortuitously - that centre-back Schär converted. That is the goal that should keep Chelsea on our toes tonight.


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WE HAVE HISTORY
Although Chelsea as a club had never before played a competitive match against Basel before the first leg, a number of Blues did step out on Swiss turf almost 60 years before their successors last week.

The competition was the inaugural Inter-Cities Fairs Cup for cities that had staged trade fairs, so that the Chelsea men formed part of a London XI and the Swiss opponents were also a Basel select XI.

This was an unwieldy tournament with a group stage alone that ranged over two years from June 1955. Jimmy Greaves, Peter Sillett and Jim Lewis were among those Blues who played the London XI.

London and Basel were in Group D and Sillett, Stan Willemse, Ken Armstrong and Derek Saunders from the playing staff at Stamford Bridge helped earn a 5-0 win at Basel's St Jakob-Stadion - precursor to last week's venue - on 4 June 1955.

The London XI's manager throughout was, curiously, Blues chairman Joe Mears (pictured below), who had been on the board at Stamford Bridge since 1931. Perhaps he was handed the job as a sop after being forced to accept the Football League's decision to block champions Chelsea's participation in the inaugural European Cup.

Joe Mears

Almost a year passed before Basel paid the return visit to the English capital. Sillett, Stan Wicks and Jim Lewis, skippered by future Blues manager Danny Blanchflower, all played at White Hart Lane on 4 May 1956.

A dire match was enlivened by Italian referee Orlandini, whose unfamiliar high-pitched whistle generated peals of laughter from the Cockney crowd at each infringement.

Just before the final comedy peep, Chelsea man Wicks set up Tottenham winger George Robb for the winner. Basel finished bottom of the group and were eliminated, while the London XI played Barcelona in the final, losing 2-8 on aggregate.

 

PMB

 

Chelsea's biggest home win in Europe
Chelsea 13-0 Jeunesse Hautcharage - 29/09/1971 -European Cup Winners' Cup first round second leg

Basel's biggest away win in Europe
Fram Reykjavik 0-5 Basel - 18/09/1973 - European Cup first round first leg

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CHELSEA STATS
The Blues are unbeaten in 12 home European games (10 wins, two draws) since losing to Manchester United in the 2010/11 Champions League quarter-finals.

We have failed to keep a clean sheet in our six Champions League and Europa League matches at Stamford Bridge this term.

The Blues are looking to become the only English club to win all three major UEFA competitions having won the Champions League last season and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1971 and 1998.

Three clubs that have achieved it are Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich. (The Inter-Cities Fairs Cup was not organised by UEFA.)

If the Super Cup is included, only two sides currently have the set: Juventus and Ajax. Chelsea are aiming to become the third.

Chelsea have reached a European semi-final for the seventh time in 10 seasons. Overall it is our 12th semi-final in 22 European campaigns. We have progressed from four and lost in seven.

Chelsea's 11 previous European semi-finals
1965/66 Fairs Cup Barcelona lost 0-5 in the play-off
1970/71 Cup Winners' Cup Man City won 2-0 on agg
1994/95 Cup Winners' Cup Real Zaragoza lost 3-4 on agg
1997/98 Cup Winners' Cup Vicenza won 3-2 on agg
1998/99 Cup Winners' Cup Real Mallorca lost 1-2 on agg
2003/04 Champions League Monaco lost 3-5 on agg
2004/05 Champions League Liverpool lost 0-1 on agg
2006/07 Champions League Liverpool drew 1-1, lost on penalties
2007/08 Champions League Liverpool won 4-3 on agg
2008/09 Champions League Barcelona drew 1-1, lost on away goals
2011/12 Champions League Barcelona won 3-2 on agg


Chelsea's home record against Swiss teams
2000/01 St Gallen W 1-0 UEFA Cup first round second leg (agg 1-2)

 

Chelsea's last 10 years in Europe
2002/03 - UEFA Cup - first round
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners

 

Last six results
Apr 11 Rubin Kazan (Europa League a) L 2-3
Apr 14 Manchester City (FA Cup Wembley) L 1-2
Apr 17 Fulham (a) W 3-0
Apr 21 Liverpool (a) D 2-2
Apr 25 Basel (Europa League a) W 2-1
Apr 28 Swansea (h) W 2-0

 

European scorers
Torres 7, Oscar 6, Mata 4, Moses 4, D Luiz 3 (1 pen), Cahill 2, Hazard 1, Ramires 1, Terry 1. Total: 29


Chelsea's next three games
Sun 5 May Manchester United away 4pm
Wed 8 May Tottenham home 7.45pm
Sat 11 May Aston Villa away 12.45pm

 

MILESTONES
Frank Lampard needs one goal to equal our all-time top scorer Bobby Tambling on 202.

If selected, John Terry will make his 550th start for the Blues.


BASEL STATS
Founded
1893

Major honours
15 Swiss league titles, last in 2012
11 Swiss Cups, last in 2012
1 Swiss League Cup in 1972


Basel are making their debut in a European semi-final. Their previous best season was the European Cup quarter-final in 1973/74 when they were beaten 6-5 on aggregate by Celtic.

Basel have not won an away game in the Europa League this term (four draws and two defeats).

Seventy-one per cent of their goals in this competition have come in the second half.

Basel are the only reigning domestic champions left in the competition. They have played more European matches this term (19) than any other surviving team.

Their record in 19 games against English teams is won three, drawn seven and lost nine. Basel have never won in England.


Last ten league seasons
2002/03 - 2nd
2003/04 - 1st
2004/05 - 1st
2005/06 - 2nd
2006/07 - 2nd
2007/08 - 1st
2008/09 - 3rd
2009/10 - 1st
2010/11 - 1st
2011/12 - 1st

 

Basel's away games against English teams in Europe
2001/02 Aston Villa L 1-4 Intertoto Cup final first leg
2002/03 Liverpool D 1-1 Champions League group stage
2002/03 Manchester Utd D 1-1 Champions League second group stage
2003/04 Newcastle L 0-1 UEFA Cup second round first leg
2005/06 Middlesbrough L 1-4 UEFA Cup quarter-final first leg
2006/07 Blackburn L 0-3 UEFA Cup group stage
2009/10 Fulham L 0-1 Europa League group stage
2011/12 Manchester Utd D 3-3 Champions League group stage
2012/13 Tottenham D 2-2 (won 4-1 on pens aet) Europa League quarter-final second leg

 

Ten-year European record
2002/03 - Champions League second group stage
2003/04 - UEFA Cup second round
2004/05 - UEFA Cup round of 32 having transferred from the Champions League third qualifying round
2005/06 - UEFA Cup quarter-finals having transferred from the Champions League third qualifying round
2006/07 - UEFA Cup group stage
2007/08 - UEFA Cup round of 32
2008/09 - Champions League group stage
2009/10 - Europa League group stage
2010/11 - Europa League round of 32 having transferred from the Champions League group stage
2011/12 - Champions League round of 16

 

2012/13 European results
Champions League 2nd qual round
Jul 17 Flora (a) W 2-0
Jul 24 Flora (h) W 3-0
Champions League 3rd qual round
Aug 1 Molde (a) W 1-0
Aug 8 Molde (h) D 1-1
Champions League play-offs
Aug 21 CFR Cluj (h) L 1-2
Aug 29 CFR Cluj (a) L 0-1
Europa League Group G
Sep 20 Sporting Lisbon (a) D 0-0
Oct 4 KRC Genk (h) D 2-2
Oct 25 Videoton (a) L 1-2
Nov 8 Videoton (h) W 1-0
Nov 22 Sporting Lisbon (h) W 3-0
Dec 6 KRC Genk (a) D 0-0
Europa League round of 32
Feb 14 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (h) W 2-0
Feb 21 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (a) D 1-1
Round of 16
Mar 7 Zenit St Petersburg (h) W 2-0
Mar 14 Zenit St Petersburg (a) L 0-1
Quarter-final
Apr 4 Tottenham (a) D 2-2
Apr 11 Tottenham (h) (won 4-1 on pens) D 2-2aet
Semi-final
Apr 25 Chelsea (h) L 1-2

 

Europa League Group G final table
P W D L F A Pts
KRC Genk 6 3 3 0 9 4 12
Basel 6 2 3 1 7 4 9
Videoton 6 2 0 4 6 8 6
Sporting Lisbon 6 1 2 3 4 10 5

 

European scorers
Streller 5 (1 pen), Schär 4 (2 pens), A Frei 3 (2 pens), Stocker 3, Zoua 3, D Degen 2, Diaz 2, Dragovic 1, F Frei 1, Salah 1. Total 25.

 

Last six domestic results
Apr 1 Luzern (a) W 4-0
Apr 7 St Gallen (a) D 1-1
Apr 14 Zurich (h) W 3-1
Apr 17 Sion (Swiss Cup semi-final a) W 1-0
Apr 21 Thun (a) D 2-2
Apr 28 Luzern (h) L 0-3

 

Swiss Super League top half
Pld Gd Pts
1 Basel 29 +26 57
2 Grasshoppers 29 +10 54
3 St Gallen 29 +15 50
4 Sion 28 -1 42
5 Zurich 29 +6 39

 

THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Referee Jonas Eriksson, his two assistant referees and two additional assistant referees are all from Sweden. He handled our 1-0 Champions League win at Porto in 2009, as well a 2-1 home defeat for Basel at the hands of CFR Cluj in the same competition last August.


OTHERWISE ENGAGED
Ashley Cole and Basel's previously ever-present Aleksandar Dragovic are suspended.

Demba Ba is cup-tied having already played for Newcastle in this season's competition.

Europa League bookings list
Players receive a one-match suspension for collecting three, five and seven yellow cards.
Chelsea (19): D Luiz 4 (already served a suspension), Cole 3, Bertrand 2, Mikel 2, Ramires 2, Azpilicueta 1, Benayoun 1, Cahill 1, Marin 1, Oscar 1, Terry 1
Basel (30): P Degen 5 (already served two suspensions for 3 and 5), Serey Die 4 (already served a suspension), Streller 4 (already served a suspension), Dragovic 3, Park Joo Ho 3 (already served a suspension), D Degen 2, F Frei 2, Schär 2, Ajeti 1, Cabral 1, Diaz 1, Elneny 1, Stocker 1

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Chelsea v FC Basel

Chelsea

  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 4
    David Luiz Substitution
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard Substitution
  • 13
    Victor Moses
  • 9
    Fernando Torres

Substitutions

  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira
  • 30
    Yossi Benayoun
  • 57
    Nathan Ake Substitution
  • 26
    John Terry
Shots on Target
13
9
Shots off Target
6
12
Corners
7
4
Fouls
6
12
Most fouls
Ramires
Die
2
4
Yellow Cards
1
3
Red Cards

Basel

  • 1
    Yann Sommer
  • 27
    Markus Steinhofer
  • 16
    Fabian Schar
  • 26
    Gaston Sauro
  • 15
    Kay Voser
  • 33
    Mohamed El-Nenny
  • 20
    Substitution Fabian Frei
  • 8
    Serey Die
  • 22
    Mohamed Salah
  • 9
    Substitution Marco Streller
  • 14
    Substitution Valentin Stocker

Substitutions

  • 31
    Substitution Jacques Zoua
  • 24
    Adilson Cabral
  • 18
    Germano Vailati
  • 21
    Substitution Marcelo Diaz
  • 5
    Arlind Ajeti
  • 7
    Substitution David Degen
  • 3
    Joo-Ho Park

CHELSEA v FC BASEL - 02/05/13

Chelsea vs Basel Highlights

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Chelsea (5) 3-1 (2) FC Basel
Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
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MATCH REPORT: CHELSEA 3 BASEL 1 (5-2 ON AGG)

Summary
The Blues secured a second successive European final with a ruthless second-half display which saw us overcome Basel 3-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate, ensuring we will contest the Europa League final in Amsterdam on 15 May against Benfica, who overcame Fenerbahce in the other semi-final.

Our progression had looked in the balance when Basel took the lead with virtually the last action of the first half, Mohamed Salah firing past Cech having been denied by the Blues goalkeeper moments earlier.

The outcome of the tie, however, was shaped by a 10-minute spell early in the second half when three Chelsea goals all but booked our passage to the final.

Fernando Torres levelled on the night with his 20th goal of the season from close-range, before Victor Moses scored in similar fashion to give us the lead.

If the first two goals were defined by their importance, the third will be remembered for its pure quality, as David Luiz - whose free-kick won us the first leg right at the death - curled a magnificent left-footed strike beyond Yann Sommer.

We can now look forward to what will hopefully be another memorable European occasion in just under a fortnight's time, but immediate attention now turns to a huge Barclays Premier League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Team news
Rafael Benitez made five changes to the team which beat Swansea 2-0 on Sunday. Ryan Bertrand came in for the suspended Ashley Cole at left-back, while in the centre of defence Branislav Ivanovic replaced John Terry. Frank Lampard skippered the team alongside David Luiz in midfield, while Ramires, who limped off at the weekend, pushed further forward. Victor Moses and Fernando Torres were also given the nod, ahead of Juan Mata and the ineligible Demba Ba respectively. John Mikel Obi missed out after picking up a hip injury in training.

First half
The Blues went into the game looking for an eighth successive home win, but we were fortunate not to fall behind inside the opening minute. A header out from the back by Markus Steinhofer evaded the whole Chelsea backline, and a huge collective sigh of relief was breathed when Basel striker Marco Streller dragged his shot wide of Petr Cech's left-hand post.

The visitors were certainly up for a physical battle, with Bertrand feeling the full force of a nasty lunge by Serey Die early on, although the midfielder somehow managed to escape caution.

It was a frenetic opening to the contest, and as the 10-minute mark approached we should have taken the lead. Ramires and Torres combined to release Lampard, but as the ball failed to come down quick enough he was forced into a snap-shot and was denied what would have been a landmark goal by the post.

Chelsea v Basel

After the early warning we began to settle, and Torres was next to threaten, bringing a smart save out of Sommer after exchanging passes with Ramires on the edge of the penalty area.

Scoring goals hadn't been a problem for Basel on their travels in the competition, and while it was Chelsea dominating possession, Murat Yakin's side looked dangerous on the break.

Streller, who had been guilty of profligacy early in the game, almost atoned for his miss in emphatic fashion 25 minutes into the game, arriving at the far post to meet a Fabian Schar cross on the volley. The power in the strike was such that Cech stood no chance, but thankfully it flew inches wide.

Four minutes later another chance went begging at the other end; Moses pulled it across the face of the goal into the path of Ramires, but the Brazilian, who was on the floor and under pressure, struggled to get enough power behind his shot and saw Sommer make the save.

After a dominant Chelsea spell, the visitors sprang into life as half-time approached. A quick, incisive move yielded the best opportunity of the game as Salah was put through on goal, with the attacker only thwarted by the quick thinking of Cech, who raced off his line to make the save.

Basel were appealing for a penalty when Valentin Stocker's shot cannoned against Bertrand as the ball bounced around in the Blues' box from the rebound, and while that particular decision went in our favour, right on half-time the Swiss side took the lead.

Stocker was again involved, this time as the orchestrator, and it was his pass that Salah latched on to, taking time to open his body up and stroking it past Cech, levelling the tie on aggregate.

Second half
With Basel having gone in at the break with their tails up, a positive Chelsea response was imperative, and it came quicker than anybody would have expected.

Hazard, who had been a peripheral figure for much of the first half, set the tone with a brilliant solo run, and as the Belgian was crowded out Lampard took control and drove at the Basel defence. The midfielder fired towards goal and as Sommer made the save low down to his left, Torres was on hand to fire into the roof of the net and restore our aggregate advantage.

Three minutes later the game was turned well and truly on its head when we took the lead on the night. Buoyed by the equaliser, our movement was proving difficult for the away side to deal with, and as the blue shirts poured forward Torres' strike deflected into the path of Moses. The Nigerian's first effort was blocked, but the rebound fell kindly for him and he rolled the ball into an empty net to spark jubilant scenes.

Chelsea v Basel

It had been an electric start to the second half by Rafael Benitez's side, and one which would get even better just before the hour.

Lampard rolled the ball into the path of David Luiz, and the Brazilian curled an absolutely exquisite strike into the top corner with his left foot.

The defender has developed a penchant for spectacular goals of late, and this was another to add to his collection.

Perhaps more importantly, it was a goal which put us 5-2 ahead on aggregate and firmly in the ascendancy.

Chelsea v Basel

The game itself was developing into a thrilling encounter, and Basel deserved credit for the manner in which they attempted to play their way back into the game.

Our two-goal advantage on the night was almost reduced when Fabian Frei crashed a powerful effort against the bar, while Cech then saved well from Die.

Hazard, meanwhile, tried his luck with a delicate chip that Sommer managed to hold on to, and it was his last involvement as shortly after he was replaced by Juan Mata. Our first substitution had seen Ramires withdrawn for Oscar.

Nine minutes from time Nathan Ake was given his first taste of the big occasion when he replaced David Luiz, with the Brazilian receiving a wonderful ovation from the Stamford Bridge faithful as he departed.

The damage had been done by the three goals and we were able to see the game out in comfortable fashion, although Torres forced a save from Sommer on the break in the closing stages.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Bertrand; David Luiz (Ake 81), Lampard (c); Ramires (Oscar 66), Hazard (Mata 74), Moses; Torres.
Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Ferreira, Terry, Benayoun.
Scorers Torres 49, Moses 51, David Luiz 58
Booked Azpilicueta 55

Basel (4-2-3-1): Sommer; Steinhofer, Schar, Sauro, Voser; Elneny, F Frei (Diaz 74); Serey Die, Salah, Stocker (D Degen 61); Streller (c) (Zoua 61).
Unused substitutes: Vailati, Ajeti , Park Joo Ho, Cabral.
Scorer Salah 45
Booked
Schar 66, Steinhofer 68, Serey Die 88

Referee Jonas Eriksson from Sweden
Crowd
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Matchday Programme

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - MOURINHO

Last week at Swansea we worked hard, created a lot of chances to score and eventually we got the goal we needed to leave a difficult place with three points...

SUNDERLAND - 19/4/14 - JT

We have got four games to go and four victories is a must for us to win the league...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - MOURINHO

We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...

GALATASARAY- 18/3/14 - JT

Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...

GALATASARAY - 18/3/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - MOURINHO

At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - MOURINHO

Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!

NEWCASTLE UNITED - 8/2/14 - JT

Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...

WEST HAM UNITED - 29/01/14 - MOURINHO

Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - MOURINHO

Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...

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