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Yakin: Basel need a miracle against Chelsea

1 May 2013 23:26

Basel boss Murat Yakin believes it would be a “small miracle” for his side to beat Chelsea and reach the Europa League final.

The Swiss side currently trail Chelsea 2-1 from the first leg but Yakin feels his players can take confidence from their performance in the previous round where they knocked out the London club's local rivals Tottenham on penalties.

Provided his players give their all to the cause, Yakin, who featured for Basel in his playing days, believes they can book a place in the final against the odds.

"First of all I don’t care much for statistics. What I want is for us to play very good football, fresh football, and to start well," Yakin said.

"We have shown against Tottenham what we are capable of. We will be brave, we’ll play with confidence, and who knows – maybe we can achieve a small miracle and qualify for the final.

"We know what we have to do to qualify; we know the goals we have to score. We have one aim – to give our best. Nothing I say here will affect that."

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3 - 1

Basel

W L W L W
Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
2 May 2013
Kick-off
21:05
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
3 - 1
On aggregate
5 - 2
Venue
Stamford Bridge (London)
Attendance
39403

Goals

0 - 1
45'+1 Mohamed Salah
 (assist by V. Stocker)
1 - 1
V. Moses 52'  
2 - 1
David Luiz 59'
(assist by F. Lampard) 
3 - 1

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# Player Bookings
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10
57
19
22
26
30
# Player Bookings
7
31
21
3
5
18
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