Basel have suddenly become a team that English teams struggle to beat. It all started in 2011, since then only Chelsea have managed to defeat the Swiss outfit. It’s now been over 18 months and eight games have passed since any English side came away with a win against the Swiss Champions.
The trend seemed to have started back in 2011 when Basel came back from two goals down against Manchester United to go into the last 15 minutes 3-2 up. Only a late Ashley Young header saved United that day.
In the last group game, United arrived at St Jacob Park knowing a point would see them advance through the group stages but they were shocked into a 2-1 defeat. Chelsea were the last side to record a victory against Basel and that was back in May 2013 as they ran out 5-2 aggregate winners in the Europa League semi final.
Since that night at Stamford Bridge, Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool have failed to record a win when facing the Swiss Champions. Liverpool are the latest team to suffer at the hands of Basel as they drew 1-1 last night which knocked them out the Champions League and they lost 1-0 in October when they met on Matchday Two.
Tottenham last season failed to record a victory Basel in the Quarter Finals of the Europa League as they drew 2-2 in each leg then went on to lost 4-1 on penalties. Basel got their revenge on Chelsea for dumping them out of the Europa League by doing the double of Jose Mourinho’s men last season.
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It was Mourinho’s first Champions League game back in charge of the Blues and it ended in a 2-1 defeat at the Bridge. Basel then piled more misery on Mourinho by beating his team again on Matchday Five where Chelsea failed to register a shot on target.
It can’t be luck that’s kept the Swiss team unbeaten against English opposition for six consecutive games. They have a plan and whatever it is nobody in England can figure out what it is or how to beat the team from Switzerland.