Chelsea face Swiss trip in Europa League semi-final
Chelsea news: Blues face Tottenham Hotspur’s conquerors FC Basel in Europa League semi-final
Chelsea will have to beat Tottenham Hotspur’s conquerors FC Basel if they are to book a place in the Europa League final.
The Blues will travel to Switzerland on Thursday, April 25 for the first leg of the semi-final, with the decisive second leg at Stamford Bridge the following week.
Chelsea’s 3-2 defeat away against Rubin Kazan on Thursday was enough to see them go through 5-4 on aggregate and booked their place in what will be their second semi-final of the season.
“They have already knocked out one of our English colleagues,” said the Chelsea club secretary, David Barnard, after the draw was made.
“We are looking forward to it. When you get to the semi-final you can almost touch the cup."
Tottenham will be able to provide testament of just how tough a task Chelsea face against the Swiss side.
Spurs were lucky to come away with a 2-2 draw in the first leg at White Hart Lane after being thoroughly outplayed.
Andre Villas-Boas then saw his side battle back to take the tie to penalties in the return leg, but some very poor spot kicks saw them lose 4-1 in the shoot out.
Interim Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has been heavily criticised by a number of Blues fans since his arrival.
He could yet end up being lauded as the Europa League semi-final comes after an FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City on Sunday.
The other Europa League semi-final is between Fenerbaçhe and Benfica, with the first leg taking place in Turkey.