FC Basel News
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has warned his team-mates not to spurn a strong advantage in the second leg of their semi-final Europa League tie against FC Basel on Thursday.
FC Basel coach Muart Yakin says he is confident his men can overcome Chelsea in their Europa League semi-final, claming his side will take a fearless attitude into Thursday's clash.
Chelsea defenders Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole both trained ahead of the Blues' Europa League semi-final first leg in Basel but only the former is expected to be part of Rafa Benitez's travelling party.
Chelsea have been drawn to face Basel in the Europa League semi-final draw.
Last year's European champions Chelsea have been drawn against Russian club Rubin Kazan in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Former Switzerland captain Alexander Frei has announced he will retire from professional football at the end of this season.
Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes hailed a "perfect" performance from his side in their 7-0 Champions League hammering of Basel.
Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes the key to overturning the 1-0 deficit in their Champions League last-16 clash with FC Basel is to go on the attack form the first minute.
Basel winger Xherdan Shaqiri claims Manchester United are paying the price for their own arrogance as the Red Devils gear up for a Europa League - not Champions League - tie on Thursday.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is still backing his side to progress in the Champions League despite defeat in Basle.