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Yesterday was a memorable day for the tennis legend Roger Federer. Not because he won something big and created history, it’s because the Swiss football club FC Basel pulled off a big upset as they got better of Chelsea in a Champions League encounter at Stamford Bridge.
Now, if you are thinking what the relationship between Federer and FC Basel is, let me tell you he is one of the most passionate fans of this football club. He hardly misses any game that Basel plays and yesterday was really a special day for him. He expressed his delight on Twitter after Basel’s victory.
The Swiss maestro wrote on his Twitter account, “It was a great day for all the FC Basel Fans. I am feeling glad.”
Chelsea was the hot favourite to win this game and their start was up to the expectations. They were the ones who took the lead and they maintained that lead till the 70th minute, but, they seemed to have taken it a bit too easy towards the end and ended up conceding 2 goals in the last 20 minutes which secured Basel’s win.
When Chelsea had faced Basel at St. Jakob Park in the first leg of the Europa League semi final last season, Federer had predicted the outcome of the game. He had said that it would be a tight game, but, Basel would pull it off by 2-1. That prediction proved to be wrong at that time, but, it eventually proved to be true after a gap of 5 months.
The stand-out performers for Basel in yesterday’s game were Marco Streller and Mohamed Salah. Both these players scored one goal each.
FC Basel’s next Champions League game is against Schalke 04 on 1st of October.
Roger Federer has said that he will be in the stands of St. Jakob Park to watch the Europa League semi final match between FC Basel and Chelsea.
The first leg of the semi final clash between Chelsea and Basel will be played at St. Jakob Park on Thursday and Federer will be out there to cheer for the home team.
FC Basel made its way into the final 4 of this tournament by defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the previous round. Nobody had expected them to do that, but, they put up a couple of stunning performances and surprised everybody.
When asked about the upcoming first leg semi final match between Basel and Chelsea, Federer said, “It’s a huge game for the whole Switzerland. The stadium will be jam packed and I will be there as well. I am a diehard Basel fan and I really want them to go on and win this competition.”
“Chelsea is a good team, but, I don’t think they will be able to defeat us on our home ground. I think we will pull it off by 2-1. That’s my prediction.”
“We are not the favourites. So, the pressure is not on us. The pressure is on them and it has happened very often that the favourite teams choke in such big games. Hopefully, the same will happen with Chelsea on Thursday.”
When asked about his favourite player in Basel side, Federer said, “It’s Marco Streller. He is a fine striker and a great leader as well. Also, he is one of those guys who always fire in big matches. He will be a crucial player for Basel in Thursday’s match.”
Federer has been a Basel fan since his childhood days and he follows almost all the matches of Basel.