Monday, September 15, 2014

Real Madrid vs FC Basel UEFA Champions League 16-09-2014

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Real Madrid vs FC Basel - Competition: UEFA Champions League

Real Madrids season so far has been quite rich in variety. After many changes in their team, Carlo Ancelotti seems to need some more time to find the best mix for the „white ballet“. They started the season with a win at the UEFA Super Cup against Euro League winner FC Sevilla. This victory was followed by two games in the Spanish Supercopa against Atletico Madrid. With a draw at home and a 0:1 loss on the road, they were beaten by their city rivals.
Their kick off at the Primera Division was successful then, as expected. Cordoba was beaten with 2:0, Benzema and Ronaldo scored the goals. The second league game seemed to go in the same direction but after a 2:0 lead against Sociedad they surprisingly received 4 goals and were beaten with 2:4. This performance was rather embarrassing and was linked to the missing of Ronaldo. But even without him they should have won this game with such an early lead. Before the Champions League starts they had to play against Atletico again on the weekend. And this time they even lost at home (0:1) what already puts a lot of pressure on them to start the Champions League with a win!
The next weeks for Basel will become pretty intense. Just a couple of days before the Champions League kicks off they had to play against long time rivals Grasshoppers Zurich on the weekend. This game lead to the second defeat of Basel this season and it was a quite clear one (3:1). The CL will then be followed by a game in the Swiss cup, another league game and the second meeting at the Champions League 2014/15 with the Liverpool FC at home. But they seem to be well prepared. The first round in the Swiss cup was won with 4:0. The first 4 games at the Swiss Super League 2014/15 were also won by Basel, only interrupted by a loss against St. Gallen. But this was just an accident and the last two games ended with another two wins for last years champions. One of the reasons for this successful run is for sure the newly signed Shkelzen Gashi. The left winger already scored 4 times and assisted another three Basel goals. Along with Streller (4 goals) he is a massive danger for their opponents defenses. In the loss against the Grasshoppers they may have already been at the Champions League with their minds. We will see how they will cope with Ramos, Pepe & Co at their CL kickoff on Tuesday.

Real Madrid last 5 matches:
19/08/14 Real Madrid 1 – 1 Atlético Madrid
22/08/14 Atlético Madrid 1 – 0 Real Madrid
25/08/14 Real Madrid 2 – 0 Córdoba
31/08/14 Real Sociedad 4 – 2 Real Madrid
13/09/14 Real Madrid 1 – 2 Atlético Madrid

Basel last 5 matches:
14/08/14 Basel 0 – 2 St. Gallen
17/08/14 Sion 2 – 3 Basel
23/08/14 Italien 0 – 4 Basel
31/08/14 Basel 3 – 1 Young Boys
13/09/14 Grasshopper 3 – 1 Basel
Match date: 16 September 2014
Kick Off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid 
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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