Chelsea stunned at home by Basel
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (right) shakes hands with his Basel counterpart Murat Yakin after their Champions League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London. London - Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea with the prime aim of winning the Champions League but his campaign got off to the worst possible start when the 2012 winners suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat by Basel in their first match on Wednesday. Swiss champions Basel, beaten by Chelsea in the Europa League semi-finals last season, grew in confidence and completed their smash and grab raid nine minutes from time when captain and centre forward Marco Streller cleverly glanced in a near-post header from a corner.
That could be easier said than done as the team who have won the Swiss title four years in a row played with growing confidence and no little skill. They were on the back foot for much of the first half as Chelsea gave a debut to 30-million-pound signing Willian and a first home start for 20-year-old Marco van Ginkel but although the Londoners dominated possession they were pedestrian and disjointed for most of the first half.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Cape ArgusSimilar Stories