Basel vs. Chelsea: Second half discussion

Clive Rose

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In a game that could potentially see FC Basel eliminated from the Champions League, I don't think many expected them to come out of the gate slowly. Indeed they did not, pressing hard and high and not giving Chelsea's players any time in possession with which to work.

Despite the early pressure, Chelsea managed to weather the early storm. Basel had a few excellent looks at the Chelsea goal, but the Blues managed to do just enough to keep them from finding the back of the net. Unfortunately Samuel Eto'o pulled up lame in the closing minutes of the half, and the Blues have already had to use their first substitution to bring on Fernando Torres.

Overall, the performance thus far has been very similar to the first half of the game in Germany against Schalke. The Blues spent the bulk of the first 45 in that one trying to adsorb pressure from the opposition, before taking control of the game after it resumed in the second half. Here's hoping the next 45 minutes look similar to that game, and that the result does as well.

At the moment, a draw would be good enough to assure that the Blues finish atop the group, as Schalke and Steaua are locked in a scoreless draw at the half. That's good news for both Chelsea and Basel.

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