BASEL WAIT ON STRIKER

Posted on: Thu 02 May 2013

Basel coach Murat Yakin is making a late decision on the availability of his centre-forward Marco Streller for the semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge.

The centre-forward, who led the line against Chelsea last week and is the Swiss side's top European goalscorer this season with five goals, did not play in their home 3-0 defeat at the weekend. He did train at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

'We have been playing at a three- game rhythm every three days, and we have to look good for this game,' said Yakin on the overall state of his squad.

'Unfortunately we have lost against Lucerne and Chelsea in our two games. The team is doing its best and we want to get a good result. Streller was injured last week and we have to see how he is in training and on Thursday I will have the line-up.'

If Chelsea are to be prevented from making the final in Amsterdam then Yakin's side will need to do what no Basel team has done before by winning in England.

'I don t hold much for statistics,' he said.

'What I want is that we play good football, we play fresh football and we start well. Chelsea is defensively very good and they are very good in attack, we know that, but our team has very good qualities and we have shown against Tottenham what we are capable of doing.

'We know that Chelsea is a team that can play with different tactics. They have good information on us and we have played one game against them and we have learned from that. We have learned that if you always have possession it doesn't mean you will always win the game. We have to be intelligent.'