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Chelsea 1-2 Basel 2013 – Report, Reaction, and Highlights

Chelsea 1-2 Basel Champions League 2013

Chelsea put in one of their worst Champions League performance in recent memory, as the team suffered a shock 2-1 defeat against Basel. This home defeat marks a very poor start to the campaign for the 2012 winners of this competition. It also means that Mourinho’s men have gone four matches without a win in a run that also includes two consecutive defeats.

Chelsea appeared to have broken Basel’s resistance at just the right time by scoring just before half-time through Oscar, who was one of the better players for Chelsea on the night. It was a huge relief to the fans who had witnessed about 40 mins of dull and uninspiring football, which was nowhere near enough to break the stubborn defence of Basel. In defence of Chelsea, Basel had 10 men behind the ball almost all the time.

The horror show, though, came in the second half. Very poor passing and being open to counter attacking can only mean goals for the opposition. The constantly dangerous Salah scored midway through the second half, while Streller’s goal in the 82nd minute puts Chelsea in a precarious position after just one match in the group.

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

Goals: Oscar 44

Basel (4-1-4-1): Sommer; Voser, Schar, Ivanov, Safari; Frei; Salah (Xhaka 88), Diaz, Stocker (Ajeti 81), Sio (Delgado 64)

Goals: Salah 70, Streller 81

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5 comments

  1. Pls tel Jose dat he should try to adapt wit new chelsea style of playing

  2. Adeniyi kazeem Kunle

    Let’s talk to Jose himself and forget about spirits of sportmanship.The owner and CFC fans need to warn Jose for his wrong start line-up for each team.Let’s take Man U for instance.He make a wrong selection against them that made him to lost the match.The questing is”Why creating personal intrest in some of his players”?

  3. jose should loan Hazard to Q.P.R he is one of the players that is letting chelsea down his style of play this time is not encouraging at all . and to other players i think they are doing good especially OSCAR and SAMUEL ETO’O at the front

  4. Jose should stop caling his players young eggs.these are player Rafe use 2 defeat basel last time home and alway.who is young?part 4rm oscar and harzard.he should do d right tin by playin mata

  5. Samuel Yohanna (Nigeria)

    We thank God! But i think Jose should be care with the nature of his subtitution, William was playing well, and midfilders did not create good scoring chances for Eto’o. Above all Jose should restore the counter attacking pattern of football.