Schalke defeated 1-0 in Switzerland through Draxler’s goal, and is leading the Champions League Group E which also includes Chelsea, FC Basel and Steaua Bucharest.
The match was stopped in the 5th minute after Schalke’s fans displayed a banner against their own and Champions League sponsor Gazprom.
The only surprise of the matchday one was Basel’s victory away to Chelsea. All eyes were suddenly moved to Swiss team to see how Mourinho was defeated. Nothing special! Only a team with the same philosophy, players, coach, who got nothing important in recent years. Read more
Chelsea lost at home in matchday 1 of Champions League 2013-2014 season with FC Basel. The Portuguese manager admits that this negative result is due to the lack of maturity of his footballers.
Although led at halftime, Jose Mourinho’s team lost the game, being a shock defeat to the Blues’ fans, but for the rest of football fans. Read more
FC Basel 1893 visit Romania to take on FC Otelul Galati looking for three points to keep up their pursuit of the top two in Group C.
With Manchester United FC and SL Benfica in direct opposition in the section’s other encounter, Heiko Vogel’s Basel know that victory against Oţelul would lift them level on points with one of that pair should there be a winner at Old Trafford.
Otelul sit bottom of Group C but Dorinel Munteanu’s men have their own motivation – besides the ongoing search for their first UEFA Champions League points, they need a win to revive their hopes of finishing third and gaining entry to the UEFA Europa League.
Having already earned draws at Manchester United and Benfica, Basel should travel to Bucharest in confident mood as they face a home team still without a goal at the National Arena, Oţelul’s base for this maiden UEFA Champions League campaign.
Otelul may be winless but they can take heart from having run the Swiss title holders close in their matchday one meeting. Back then they were within six minutes of claiming a draw before Alexander Frei’s late penalty earned a 2-1 success for a Basel side under the charge of Thorsten Fink. Read more