Basel keen to avoid a repeat
Basel is determined to avoid a repeat of the thrashing it received a fortnight ago from Barça. Manager Christian Gross says his team will have to “close down spaces and get up close with Barça” in order not to lose the game.
Basel arrived in Barcelona this Monday lunchtime. The team spent the afternoon at their hotel
before going to the Camp Nou at 7 pm for their final training session before Tuesday’s game
“We knew the games would be hard”
At his pre-match press conference Christian Gross admitted that
“we knew the games would be hard” even before the first match which ended
to the Catalans.
“We’ll have to close down spaces and get up close with Barça to avoid the
mistakes we made last time,” he said. “All of us need to defend, stay calm on the ball
and help each other to produce a great game.”
The Basel manager announced a last minute withdrawal as
David Abraham is out through illness. The Argentine defender scored the Swiss team’s only
goal so far in the Champions League.
Defeat leaves its mark
Midfielder Ivan Ergic also spoke at the press conference, and admitted that defeats like the
one a fortnight ago “leave their mark”. However, he said that the Basel players will be
“giving it our all” in Tuesday’s game.
On the pitch
The Basel squad stepped out onto the Camp Nou pitch for the first time
at 8 pm for a training session. They will be looking to get a result at a
ground which has historically not favoured Swiss teams
Leaders like Barça
Just like Barça, Basel come into the game as domestic League leaders having, again like
Barça, moved into top spot on their own this weekend. Last Thursday Gross’s men beat Sion
3-0, and since then have been getting ready for their clash with the Catalans.
The Champions League, however, is a different kettle of fish. Here Barça lead group C with
nine points while Basel is bottom without a single point to their name.