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