Basel – Eintracht Frankfurt
Eintracht Frankfurt will pay a visit to Basel with a little hope in the second leg of the Europa League 1/8-finals. After a 0-3 defeat in the first leg in Germany, Eintracht are on the verge of being knocked out of the competition.
Basel can be really proud with their perofrmance at the Commerzbank-Arena back in March. Nobody really expected such a punishing performance from Basel, especially when on German soil. But the game just went perfect for Marcelo Koller’s team. In the first half Basel had an advantage thanks to Samuele Campo’s goal, while in the second half Bua and Frei finished the job for the Swiss giants.
We know that you should never write off a German team, but this gap looks too big for Eintracht Frankfurt at the moment. In case they find a way to eliminate Basel after such a result, this would be one of the greatest European performances in the club’s history.
Eintracht’s manager Adi Hutter does not have any other option at the moment, but to make his team attack as much as possible at the St. Jakob Park in Basel. He’s going to need his players to be playing at the maximum of their performance. Every player on the pitch for the Germans must be perfect if they want to remain in the competition.
For Basel Europa League remains the only way to have a meaningful season. The club finished third in the Swiss Super League which was once again a huge dissapointment for Basel’s fans. It seems that the times of domination in Switzerland are now long gone for them.
That’s our preview for the Europa League 1/8-finals match between Basel and Eintracht Frankfurt. Can the German side do a miracle here? Well, it’s going to be really difficult. But there are no impossible things in football as we know it very well.