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Wed 18 Sep 2013 19:45 (Attendance: 40,358)


European football at the Bridge picks up where it left off last season, with the side from the Swiss border country hosted. Club historian Rick Glanvill and clubs statistician Paul Dutton get ready for another group stage start…

Cue Handel, shake the flag, remember Munich and dream of a second hug of ol' big ears for Chelsea, a third for manager Jose Mourinho.

The Blues suffered our first defeat in normal time for 15 games at Everton on Saturday, a run stretching back to the FA Cup semi-final against Man City on 14 April. It was the first in the league since Southampton away on 30 March, but resulted largely from a lack of precision in front of goal from the 22 attempts made.

In many ways the Londoners' performance was admirable: fluid passing and movement allied to pressing high up the pitch and regularly forcing errors from a well-drilled Everton back five. Last season the Blues were fortunate to take all three points away from Goodison Park; that's football.

The fixture between this international break and the opening Champions League game is usually a challenging one, but it has been successfully navigated the last three seasons. Manager and players will have learned a lot about each other which will be for the good going forward.

If selected, John Terry will captain Chelsea for the 450th occasion tonight.

We have six current international centurions playing for the Blues. They are massively experienced at European level too - only two of the Champions League outfield squad are novices to it. Even of our younger players are veterans of last season's victorious Europa Cup campaign. They beat tonight's opponents Basel home and away to reach the final.

However, as Jose said yesterday, 'There is a big difference between the Champions League and Europa League, and we don't think the Europa League is the best habitat for players who want to be big players.' He intends giving those young 'eggs' free range tonight.


Importantly, that triumph in Amsterdam does position Chelsea as the only English members of an elite group who have won all three major UEFA major club competitions: the Champions League/European Cup (2011/12), the UEFA/Europa Cup (2012/13) and the Cup Winners' Cup (1970/71 and 1997/98). The others are Ajax, Bayern and Juventus.

Mourinho will set aside any bad memories from his most recent Chelsea match in the Champions League: the 1-1 draw to Rosenborg in 2007. He now bids to become the first manager to lift the world's greatest club trophy with a third different club following his successes with Porto (2003/04) and Internazionale (2009/10).

Throughout his last complete group stage at the Bridge, Mourinho's side conceded just one goal, equalling the competition record. He will know the importance of Stamford Bridge as a fortress, with two of the three opponents champions of their country.

Win the three home games and a team is well on the way to the knockout rounds. Two of our group opponents this season, Steaua and Basel, were beaten 3-1 at the Bridge on the route to the Europa League final.

The last five years show that 12 or more points accrued tends to win a Champions League group, while as few as eight have been required to progress as a runner-up.

Chelsea finished third in last season's Group E with 10 last season, largely as a result of squandering a 2-0 lead over Juve in the opening game at the Bridge.

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So how have the other Group E teams fared so far this season? Tonight's opponents Basel, presently lying third in defence of their Super League title, have enjoyed three wins on the spin in all competitions, most recently a 1-0 Swiss Cup victory at mid-table fourth tier side Münsingen.

Indifferent early league form included a surprising home defeat by Zurich but they recently registered an impressive win over leaders Young Boys. Basel qualified for the group stage by seeing off Ludogorets of Bulgaria 4-2 away and 2-0 at St Jakob-Park.

Romanian champions Steaua are currently fourth in Liga 1, where confusion reigns resulting from relegations enforced on clubs for financial reasons, then rescinded in court, and unknown quantity Botosani top the table.

Steaua landed in the Champions League for the first time in five years after overcoming Legia Warsaw of Poland 3-3 on away goals.

Our fellow blues from Germany, Schalke, have also found form after a poor start in the Bundesliga, belying their mid-table position by beating Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz - the latter a fortuitous win courtesy of poor opposition finishing and a late strike by summer signing from Milan, Kevin-Prince Boateng.

The Gelsenkirchen side edged out Miroslav Stoch and PAOK 4-3 in the Champions League play-off round.

Other Group E fixture
Wed7.45pm - Schalke v Steaua Bucharest

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Last season Chelsea became the first side to beat Basel on their home soil in 13 matches, shattering new coach Murat Yakin's shield of invincibility. It was by no means an easy ride and for long periods the Swiss controlled the flow and tempo of the game. Some personnel have changed but Yakin's side play with the same intensity, fluency and, indeed, system as last season.

Since our 2012/13 meetings both teams have seen personnel changes. Among the new boys for the Londoners are striker Samuel Eto'o, a Champions League beast with three wins and 30 goals in the competition, nine-goal Brazilian winger Willian, and Andre Schürrle, who made his Champions League debut at Stamford Bridge with Bayer Leverkusen two years ago.

Another notable summer transfer saw the return of Argentinean Matias Delgado, who takes up the second striker role vacated by tricky Mohamed Elneny, who troubled the Blues in the past but has a shoulder injury.

Talented goal-scoring central defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who was cautioned in our first Europa League clash in April and missed the second as a result, has joined Dynamo Kiev after three years in Switzerland. Arlind Ajeti, a 19-year-old playing for Switzerland's U21s, had come in to partner Fabian Schär, just two years his senior, in central defence.

The experienced Bulgaria international Ivan Ivanov (pictured below left), signed from Partizan, replaced Ajeti for the game against table-topping Young Boys and will probably figure for his new club tonight. Their Europa Cup left-back Joo Hoo Park and second leg right-back Markus Steinhöfer have moved on.


Fabian Frei in defensive midfield and Marco Streller up front remain the top and bottom of the diamond in Yakin's preferred 4-1-4-1 line-up. Six-foot-six Streller is Bebbi's leading goalscorer with four goals in five games.

Their well-rehearsed system allowed the Swiss to attack with width and pace in April and Chelsea were often outnumbered in key areas of the field, wingers Valentin Stocker and Mohamed Salah regular thorns in the side.

It will require tactical discipline - as well as better finishing than we have seen of late - for the Londoners to open the group stage satisfactorily. The number of chances created on Merseyside will at least have pleased Jose Mourinho and the team played some fine, fluent football for the first hour.

The manager will also want his side to prevent Basel scoring, something no team has achieved in 12 games.

The visitors may have a slight freshness advantage. Whereas Chelsea faced a tough league visit to Goodison Park at the weekend, Basel's Swiss Cup game at lower league Münsingen allowed Yakin to rest several regulars who will be expected to return this evening.

However, Mourinho always has one eye of the next match when he picks a team and several of those who did not start at Everton are likely to be on the pitch when Handel's modified 'Zadok The Priest' rings around the sold-out Bridge out tonight.

Michael Essien, omitted from the squad submitted to UEFA, must miss out but among the starters will be Frank Lampard and Oscar. The young Brazilian clearly revels in this competition, hitting five goals in six games last season, including a brace against Juve. Demba Ba and Marco van Ginkel are the only outfield players who could make their Champions League bow for the Blues this evening. Only eight of their Swiss opponents have ever played at this level before.

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We have played the Swiss sides Basel and St Gallen on four occasions previously, winning three times and losing once. This is only our second-ever competitive tie against Basel following last season's home and away victories in the Europa League semi-finals.

Victor Moses settled nerves one step from the final with an early strike at St Jakob-Park, Branislav Ivanovic due most of the credit for the header that went in off the Nigerian, who cartwheeled in celebration.

With David Luiz excelling in central midfield Chelsea were dominant in all areas of the field, with only the final pass lacking. Never the less chances were made for Fernando Torres (who hit a post) and Ramires and Eden Hazard, a lively presence in the no.10 position, blasting a shot over the bar.

D Luiz

Over time Basel began to take control, their giant skipper Marco Streller linking effectively with Valentin Stocker. Having appeared to weather the storm, the Blues were pegged back when Cesar Azpilicueta was reckoned to have fouled Stocker. With three minutes of normal time remaining, Fabian Schar equalised.

A first-leg draw was no disaster but the Blues buzzed into life to claim a winner. The honour fell to David Luiz, steering a brilliant 25-yard free kick past Yann Sommer.

Back at the Bridge the feeling was that Basel's task was made extremely difficult by the Blues' win in Switzerland. But they started with an intensity and aggression the hosts could not quite match. Chelsea fans took to singing the name of Jose Mourinho, freshly linked with a summer return.

And when the Londoners fell behind in first-half stoppage time to a defence-splitting pass from Stocker converted by Mohamed Salah, the visitors were actually in the driving seat.

Chelsea responded powerfully soon after the break with two goals in three minutes for Torres and Moses, both from rebounds. That was the fifth and fourth of the campaign respectively for the two, and Basel's balloon had burst. Just before the hour, with the hosts now dominating, Frank Lampard teed up David Luiz for a memorable 25-yard strike into the top corner.

That made the tie 5-2 on aggregate and the songs about Amsterdam could justifiably ring out as the Blues had reached a second successive European final, to be hosted there.


Chelsea v Basel

Our only previous competitive meeting with Basel came in the first leg.
25 April 2013 Europa League semi-final first leg
Basel………..…..….1 Chelsea………..……2
Schar 87 pen               Moses 12
                                       D Luiz 90+4
               Att: 36,000

We did play Basel as part of a six-match Swiss tour at the end of the 1945/46 season. Chelsea won 3-2.

Chelsea's biggest home win in the Champions League
05/12/2012 - Chelsea 6-1 Nordsjaelland - Group stage

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


Chelsea lost at home in the Champions League group stage: 3,640
Basel lost an away game in all competitions: 115
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,042
Liverpool won the league: 8,537


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Chelsea start our 11th successive season in the Champions League and 12th overall.

The Blues have topped our group in seven of our last 10 Champions League campaigns. Last season was the first time we failed to progress to the knockout stage.

The Blues have won eight of our 11 Matchday One fixtures, drawing the other three to AC Milan (1999), Rosenborg (2007) and Juventus last year.

The Blues are unbeaten in 29 Champions League group matches (22 wins, seven draws) at Stamford Bridge, since our last defeat in October 2003 against Beşiktaş.

We have lost only two of our last 36 home Champions League matches (including 26 victories) since 2006.

Chelsea's home record against Swiss teams
2000/01 St Gallen W 1-0 UEFA Cup first round second leg (agg 1-2)
2012/13 Basel W 3-1 Europa League semi-final second leg (agg 5-2)


Chelsea's last 10 years in Europe
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
2012/13 - Europa League - winners, having transferred from the Champions League group stage


Last six results
Aug 10 Roma (Washington DC) W 2-1
Aug 18 Hull City (h) W 2-0
Aug 21 Aston Villa (h) W 2-1
Aug 26 Manchester United (a) D 0-0
Aug 30 Bayern Munich (Super Cup) lost 4-5 on pens D 2-2
Sep 14 Everton (a) L 0-1


European games since
A home win: 0
A home draw: 3
A home defeat: 13


Chelsea's next three games
Sat 21 Sep Fulham home 5.30pm
Tue 24 Sep Swindon (Capital One Cup) away 7.45pm
Sat 28 Sep Tottenham away 12.45pm


Cesar Azpilicueta's next appearance will be his 50th for Chelsea in all competitions.


Major honours
16 Swiss league titles, last in 2013
11 Swiss Cups, last in 2012
1 Swiss League Cup in 1972

Basel reached a European semi-final for the first time last year. Their previous best season was the European Cup quarter-final in 1973/74 when they were beaten 6-5 on aggregate by Celtic.

Despite reaching the Europa League semi-final last season, Basel failed to win any of their seven away games, drawing four and losing three.

The Swiss champions started their last Champions League campaign by beating Romanian outfit Otelul Galati 2-1 at home. They were undefeated away in their three group matches, drawing at Man Utd and Benfica and winning at Otelul.

Their record in 20 games against English teams is won three, drawn seven and lost 10. Basel have never won in England.

Last ten league seasons
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
2012/13 - 1st


Basel topped the Super League last season for the fourth successive year, winning 21 of their 36 matches and 72 points, three clear of runner-up Grasshopper.

Basel have lost only one of their 13 games this season in all competitions, winning eight. They are undefeated in seven away matches.

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
2012/13 Chelsea L 1-3 Europa League semi-final second leg (agg 2-5)


Ten-year European record
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 - Europa League semi-final, having transferred from the Champions League play-offs


Champions League qualifying
Jul 30 Maccabi Tel Aviv (3rd qual h) W 1-0
Aug 6 Maccabi Tel Aviv (3rd qual a) D 3-3
Aug 21 Ludogorets Razgrad (Play off a) W 4-2
Aug 27 Ludogorets Razgrad (Play off h) W 2-0


European scorers (10): Salah 3, Schar 2 (2 pens), P Degan 1, Diaz 1, Frei 1, Sio 1, Stocker 1

Last six domestic results
Aug 3 St Gallen (a) D 1-1
Aug 11 Zurich (h) L 1-2
Aug 17 Old Boys Basel (Cup a) W 1-0 aet
Aug 24 Luzern (a) D 1-1
Sep 1 Young Boys Bern (h) W 2-1
Sep 14 Munsingen (Cup a) W 1-0


Chelsea v Basel


Swiss Super League top half
Pld Gd Pts
1 Young Boys Bern 7 +9 15
2 Grasshopper Zurich 6 +5 12
3 Basel 7 +4 12
4 St Gallen 7 +3 11
5 Luzern 7 -1 11


Referee Daniele Orsato, his assistant referees and additional assistant referees, are all from Italy. He is handling his fourth Champions League match and his second Chelsea game after the 1-0 Europa Cup win at Sparta Prague last season.

Ramires is suspended following his red card against Bayern in the UEFA Super Cup; no single yellow cards were carried forward from that match.

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Chelsea v FC Basel



  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 3
    Ashley Cole
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 16
    Marco van Ginkel Substitution
  • 8
    Frank Lampard Substitution
  • 22
    da Silva Willian Substitution
  • 29
    Samuel Eto'o
  • 17
    Eden Hazard


  • 15
    Kevin De Bruyne
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 19
    Demba Ba Substitution
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 12
    John Mikel Substitution
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Yann Sommer
  • 15
    Kay Voser
  • 16
    Fabian Schar
  • 13
    Ivan Ivanov
  • 19
    Behrang Safari
  • 22
    Substitution Mohamed Salah
  • 21
    Marcelo Diaz
  • 20
    Fabian Frei
  • 14
    Substitution Valentin Stocker
  • 30
    Substitution Giovanni Sio
  • 9
    Marco Streller


  • 5
    Substitution Arlind Ajeti
  • 34
    Substitution Taulant Xhaka
  • 26
    Gaston Sauro
  • 18
    Germano Vailati
  • 4
    Philipp Degen
  • 7
    David Degen
  • 10
    Substitution Matias Delgado

Chelsea vs Basel Highlights

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Chelsea 1-2 Basel
Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
11:35 min



Chelsea fell to a first home defeat in the Champions League group stages for a decade, having surrendered the lead against a dogged Basel side.

Oscar had put Chelsea in front with his second goal of the season at the end of a first half in which we had been the better team but struggled to create chances.

The Brazilian, who scored six times in Europe last season, five in this competition, got off the mark with a precise low finish to put us in control, and midway through the second almost doubled the lead when his curling shot hit the crossbar.

There were other chances too, notably for Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, before Basel struck level against the run of play through the impressive Mohamed Salah, and then took the lead with 10 minutes remaining with a Marco Streller header. It was a kier blow that came too late for the Blues to respond, and so we begin our European campaign with a defeat few outside Switzerland would have predicted.

Team news
Jose Mourinho handed Willian a debut, the Brazilian making his first appearance since arriving from Anzhi Makhachkala, while Samuel Eto'o made his home debut up front, keeping his place from the 1-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday.

John Terry was rested, so Frank Lampard captained the side with Gary Cahill returning in central defence alongside David Luiz. There was also a first start for Marco van Ginkel in the middle of midfield.

Basel dropped former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen, with Behrang Safari coming in to their defence.

First half
it was Van Ginkel who first caught the eye, his sliding challenge abruptly ending a promising Basel counter, but it was Chelsea who looked the more potent against a side beaten twice last season in the Europa League.

Visiting goalkeeper Yann Sommer was only called into action after a quarter of an hour, however, when he flapped at a cross under pressure from Eto'o and was fortunate to be given a free-kick as a scramble ensued in the Basel area.

Salah escaped the attentions of Ashley Cole at the other end shortly afterwards, but the winger's low cross was well intercepted by Cahill before any damage was done.

Lampard and Eden Hazard both shot off target from distance as Basel's well organised side proved difficult to penetrate and grew steadily into the game. Salah managed to run clear again, but slowed by David Luiz, he eventually curled over the bar, somewhat wastefully. Petr Cech then had to save from Giovanni Sio, who had tried his luck from long range.

As the half wore on, Chelsea had offered less and less of a threat, so it was surprising to see us take the lead just before the break. David Luiz took control of the ball in midfield and fed Lampard, who picked a subtle pass into the box for Oscar to compose himself and fire low into the bottom corner. It was a simple goal, and in a stroke undid all the Swiss side's good work so far, allowing Mourinho's men to go in rather more pleased with their evening's work at the halfway point.

Chelsea v Basel

Second half
A year ago this week Oscar announced himself to Chelsea fans with a wicked, bending goal against Juventus, and having reopened his Champions League account already, he sought to repeat that strike, whipping his shot across Sommer but this time seeing it cannon back into play of the crossbar.

A minute later the 22-year-old worked himself a yard in a similar area, and was close again, this time watching it bounce just wide after taking a deflection, Ivanovic's header was claimed by the goalkeeper from the resulting corner.

Just after the hour mark Oscar turned creator as he played an inspired pass across the Basel box to find Hazard, who in turn failed to find the target, shooting way over the bar into the Matthew Harding end.

Chelsea v Basel

Basel forward Streller had barely had a kick in attack so far, but proved important to his side in defence when he stretched to divert another Ivanovic set-piece header over the bar. Lampard had supplied the cross from wide.

Willian's first outing came to an end after 66 minutes as Mourinho introduced Juan Mata with Chelsea well in command. The Spaniard came inside with Oscar switching to the right. Willian had provided a solid performance, with plenty to whet the appetite.

Before Mata had a chance to bring his own creative influence to the game, Basel drew level with a fantastic goal out of the blue. Chelsea looked solid as the visitors came forward, but as the ball changed directions quickly on the edge of the area, Streller was able to play a first-time pass right to Salah, and the Egyptian found Cech's bottom right-hand corner with an excellently struck finish from 15 yards.

As soon as was possible, Mourinho opted to make further changes. Lampard and Van Ginkel went off, John Mikel Obi and Demba Ba came on, the latter to become the central striker with Eto'o moving left after a frustrating night down the middle.

More pain was to follow though. Salah countered once more, his pace having been a consistent menace, and his pull-back found Streller, whose shot was deflected behind. From the corner, the forward managed to get ahead of his marker Cahill at the near post, glancing the ball beyond Cech to give his side an unlikely lead to defend for the final 10 minutes.

Chelsea v Basel

Now Chelsea really had to chase the game, but it meant more gaps at the back, and Salah once more pulled back, this time for Marcelo Diaz, who should have done better with his finish.

Oscar did manage one shot on target, bringing a simple save from Sommer with a too-straight drive, and the goalkeeper made a late stop from Eto'o, but there would be no equaliser, meaning work to do in Bucharest in a fortnight. This was just Jose Mourinho's second defeat at Stamford Bridge, and it will not have gone down well with the manager, who at Goodison Park on Saturday bemoaned a series of missed chances.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole; Van Ginkel (Mikel 75), Lampard (c) (Ba 75); Willian (Mata 67), Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o.
Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Terry, De Bruyne.
Goals Oscar 44
Van Ginkel 42

Basel (4-1-4-1): Sommer; Voser, Schar, Ivanov, Safari; Frei; Salah (Xhaka 88), Diaz, Stocker (Ajeti 81), Sio (Delgado 64);
Streller (c)
Unused substitutes: Vailati, P Degen, D Degen, Sauro.
Goals Salah 70, Streller 81
Diaz 64

Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy)


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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...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


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...


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...


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...


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


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


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...


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...