FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread

Chelsea are England’s last hope for a European trophy this season, with a tricky semi-final against FC Basel scheduled to kick off at 3pm ET today (live on FOX Soccer and FOX Soccer 2Go).

Here’s our preview of FC Basel versus Chelsea, which points out the main threats to look out for in the Swiss side FC Basel.

Chelsea starting XI: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole; Luiz, Lampard; Ramires, Hazard, Moses; Torres.

FC Basel starting XI: Sommer; P. Degen, Schär, Dragovic, Park; Frei; Salah, Elneny, Serey Die, Stocker; Streller.

In the other semi-final, Fenerbahce against Benfica kicks off at 3pm ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go.

Before, during or after today’s Europa League semi-final, join the conversation with fellow football supporters in the comments section below.

13 thoughts on “FC Basel vs Chelsea, Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg: Open Thread”

  1. C’mon Basel, a 2-0 win please then go to the bridge and play 120 mins with you winning and chelski going out tired and deflated ahead of our game !


    C’mon Basel

      1. no just want them to loose in dramatic fashion and not make ucl… is all

        i am looking forward to the game at the bridge

        1. You are looking forward to the game against ‘tired and deflated’ Chelsea?

          Anyway your 2-0 wish just went out of the window.

  2. I hope Basel can come back. I really never have had anything against Chelsea but that Basel squad really made a fan of me in those Spurs matches.

  3. A dull match after the two Champions League games we just watched. Chelsea could have scored more than two goals, and that Basel penalty looked to be questionable.

  4. Chelsea will be content with the 2-1 win but I wouldn’t count out Basel quite yet.

    The penalty did seem dubious. Not sure what it was really for. Say what you will about Benitez but he knows how to coach in knockout competitions.

    1. Good point. Every time Basel looked like they were out of it against Spurs, Basel kept on coming back.

      The Gaffer

  5. Basel have no shot imo, playing against Chelsea is different than against Spurs in Europe. Chelsea will most likely sit back and Basel don’t have the quality to break them down, if Chelsea don’t half ass it they will win by 2-3 goals. With Spurs they were so open and both legs were like “basketball” matches, wide open, back and forth which suited Basel more.

    I’d be surprised if Chelsea fail to win this trophy, even though I would like to see Benfica win it, who did not look good against Fenerbahce tonight but 1:0 down isn’t the end of the world for them.

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