Chelsea look to secure European qualification



Chelsea can seal their place in the second round of the Champions League tonight with an away victory over the Swiss side FC Basel.

So far this season Jose Mourinho’s side have failed to achieve the level of consistency synonymous with the Portuguese manager’s team, stuttering domestically to struggling West Brom and Newcastle United in the last month.

Chelsea have striker Fernando Torres back after a slight groin injury kept him out of the clash with West Ham at the weekend, but David Luiz remains unavailable after bruising his kneecap in training last week.

Mourinho has stressed that nothing should be read from his decision to drop Ashley Cole to the bench in favour of Cesar Azpilicueta, stating that his intention is purely to rest the left-back.

“Ashley is a top professional… he’s not the kind of personality you need to leave on the bench to send him a message to him to make him realise that he has to give more”.

Swiss outfit Basel can claim confidence from the fact that they beat Chelsea in London earlier on in the competition.

Their counter-attacking style has seen them remain undefeated in the Swiss league since August, with the rapid duo of Mohammad Salah and Valentin Stocker wreaking havoc down the flanks.

Ronan Morrissey


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