Mikel Obi has said that Chelsea expect FC Basel to give them a tough match in Thursday’s Europa League semi-final.
Basel defeated Manchester United 2-1 in 2011 UEFA Champions League to consign United to the Europa League for the first time under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Swiss side also defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of the round of 16 of this year’s Champions League.
Mikel reckoned that for Basel to have sent out Tottenham Hotspur from the competition and still be alive to this stage of the competition speak volumes of their quality.
“They must be a good team to have reached this stage of the competition. We won’t take them for granted. They will be as tough as any other team could be. The fact that they beat Tottenham in this competition speaks volumes of how good they are,” Nigeria international midfielder Mikel told MTNFootball.com.
“But we are going for victory. This is the only trophy we are contending for now. And I am upbeat we will come out victorious.”
Mikel’s compatriot Victor Moses who is also on the trip to Switzerland said he expects a good outing from ‘The Blues’.
“Landed ahead of tomorrow’s massive Europa League game come on #Chelsea,” Moses tweeted.