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Basel vs Tottenham Europa League Preview: Spurs face stern test to keep European quest alive

Vilas Boas





Steinhofer, Voser, Dragovic, Schar
Salah, Cabral, F Frei, Stocker
Streller, A Frei

Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto
Sigurdsson, Parker, Dembele, HoltbyDempsey

After being punished for their complacency at White Hart Lane, Tottenham are in need of a stellar showing to seal victory on their travels for the first time in six outings.

And with William Gallas (calf), Aaron Lennon (knee) and talisman Gareth Bale (ankle) all becoming fresh additions to the Spurs treatment table after last week’s encounter, Andre Villas-Boas will be forced into a number of changes to the starting line-up.

With Jermaine Defoe aggravating an ongoing pelvic injury, Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to lead the line on Thursday, whilst Kyle Naughton is expected to make way for Kyle Walker as the bustling right-back returns from suspension.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is likely to be handed a start after his late equaliser against Everton, alongside Michael Dawson who is expected to fill in for the injured Gallas and Brad Friedel will once again come in for Hugo Lloris.

Basel were little short of a revelation in the first leg, with Marco Streller, Valentin Stocker and Mohamad Salah all asking a number of questions of the Tottenham rearguard.

The tricky trio are all expected to start Thursday’s clash and may be joined by the experienced Alexander Frei if coach Murat Yakin elects to field two strikers on home turf.

Park Joo-Ho and Marcelo Diaz are both back in contention after returning from suspension, whilst the now-fit Cabral could claim a place in the starting eleven after his second half-cameo at White Hart Lane.

Philipp Degen has also recovered from injury, but is unlikely to displace Mohamed Salah in the starting eleven after the Egyptian’s sterling performance in the first leg.

  • Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel is the oldest player left in this year’s competition and, at 41, is older than both Andre Villas-Boas and Basel coach Murat Yakin.
  • Jan Vertonghen  has appeared in all 1020 minutes of Tottenham’s Europa League campaign.
  • Spurs and Rubin Kazan are the only two survivors from the seven clubs granted automatic entry to the Europa League at the group stage.
  • Tottenham have not won a game in any competition without the injured Gareth Bale scoring since New Years Day.
  • Basel have tasted defeat just once since November, when they lost 1-0 away to Zenit St Petersburg in the last-16 of the Europa League.
  • The Swiss champions have won their last four home Europa League games without conceding a single goal.
  • Basel have picked up 23 yellow cards and three red cards in this year’s competition, more so than any other side.

Tottenham vs FC Basel 1st Leg Europa League Preview: Spurs continue Europa League hunt

Bale, Lennon, Vertonghen




Walker, Dawson, Gallas, Vertonghen
Livermore, Parker
Lennon, Dembele, Bale

Park, Degen, Dragovic, Schar
Die, Stocker, Frei, Diaz
Streller, Gharbiyya

With the exception of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Tottenham have a fully-fit squad at their disposal for the Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash with FC Basel at White Hart Lane.

The France international is still recovering from a knee injury he picked up on international duty last week, with Brad Friedel set to continue between the posts for Andre Villas-Boas’ side.

Both Michael Dawson and Aaron Lennon returned from injury for Saturday’s 2-1 win at Swansea and the duo are expected to start on Thursday, while William Gallas and Jake Livermore should be recalled.

Jermain Defoe has scored four goals in the Europa League this season and is likely to replace Emmanuel Adebayor as Spurs’ lone striker, but Sandro and Younes Kaboul remain long-term absentees.

Basel, meanwhile, have no new injury concerns ahead of their visit to north London, with Marco Streller, Fabian Frei and former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen all expected to line-out for the Swiss side.

  • The sides are meeting for the first time in Uefa competition.
  • A 4-1 loss at Inter in their round of 16 second leg ended Tottenham’s 10-game unbeaten run in Europe, which stretched back to last season’s Europa League group stage.
  • Defenders Kyle Walker and Jan Vertonghen have appeared in all 930 minutes of Tottenham’s Europa League campaign.
  • FC Basel are the sole reigning domestic champions still in the draw. They have also played more European matches this term than any other surviving team (16), having begun their continental campaign in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.
  • FC Basel have picked up 23 yellow cards and three red cards in this season’s Europa League, the most in the competition.
  • Alexander Frei – who will hang up his boots in the summer – has scored the most European club competition goals of any of the players left in the competition: 32 in 59 games.

Talent Watch: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah


‘ll admit, Mohamed Salah is a personal favorite of mine.

But there’s no doubting that he deserves his place on this list.

Already in just half a season, Salah has scored five goals and recorded eight assists at FC Basel. This has taken place with almost half of his appearances coming as a substitute.

However, the real reason Salah makes this list is for his international contributions.

At the young age of 20, Salah has already scored eight goals in 17 games for Egypt. He was arguably his national team’s biggest weapon at the Olympics and remains the country’s most promising talent.

His talent was recognized by CAF when they selected him as Africa’s Most Promising Talent for 2012.

He has stated that he dreams of joining Borussia Dortmund, and if he keeps playing at his current level, he might just be able to persuade the Germans to put a bid for him in the future.

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (born 15 June 1992) is an Egyptian footballer who plays for Swiss club FC Basel. He is left footed. He is “comfortable playing as a center forward and a right winger” who can cut in from that side of the pitch to often score decisive goals.

Salah played his debut for the Egypt national football team on 3 September 2011 in the 2-1 away defeat by Sierra Leone. He scored his fist goal for the team in the 3-0 win against Niger just one month later. He scored a goal in the 93rd minute in stoppage time against Guinea to give Egypt an important 3-2 away victory in a 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

Talent Watch: Granit Xhaka



Granit Xhaka may not be a household name yet, but the Swiss international is easily one of the brightest talents in world football.

At only the age of 19, Xhaka has established himself as a regular first-team member of FC Basel, one of the most successful clubs in the Swiss Super League. He has also already a key member in the Switzerland National Team.

On 18 May 2012, Basel announced on their homepage that Xhaka had agreed terms with Lucien Favre’s Borussia Mönchengladbach. After medical checks were completed, the teenager signed a five-year with the club. The transfer fee was not disclosed by Mönchengladbach, but is estimated to be in the region of €8.5 million.

Tuesday Uefa Champions League Results

Spartak Moscow 2-1 Fenerbache… Emenike, Kombarov

Mochengladbach 1-3 Dynamo Kyiv.. Mikhalik, Yarmolenko, L.d. Jong og

Helsinborg 0-2 Celtic… Commons, Samaras

FC Copenhagen 1-0 Lille.. Santin

Basel 1-2 CFR Cluj.. Sougou 2

Match Preview: Basel vs CFR Cluj


High temperatures have meant special preparation for Heiko Vogel and his FC Basel 1893 side as CFR 1907 Cluj look forward to a reunion with a team they met in the 2010/11 group stage.

Basel enjoyed a memorable continental campaign last season, reaching the last 16 of Europe’s top club competition, accounting for Manchester United FC along the way. Coach Heiko Vogel has warned his side they must start from scratch again, though. “The expectations in Basel are high, we helped to create them last season, but this is not a guarantee to get through,” the German said. Alexander Frei does return, though, and is likely to start on the bench. Captain Marco Streller is looking to take advantage after a close shave against Molde FK in the last round. “We are lucky to be in the play-offs,” he said. “Yann Sommer rescued us with his penalty save in added time. We have to play two finals now but I think the experience we have from similar situations puts us in good stead.”


Cluj have not lost this season and have had good results away from home,” the 36-year-old continued. “Romanian teams are very good tactically and with six Portuguese and two Brazilians, they have technical players, too. We must treat this game like any other and not think of the prize on offer. The teams shared a win each when they met in the 2010/11 group stage, but CFR skipper Cadú feels things have changed in his team’s favour since those contests. “I don’t think they are as strong as two years ago, whereas we are a better side,” the defender said. Coach Ioan Andone suggested much the same, adding: “Tomorrow it will be impossible that the match will end 0-0. We are obliged to score at least a goal and we will go for it.”

Match Prediction: Basel 2-0 CFR Cluj