Jose Mourinho sat in the dugout and watched his boys outplayed and outscored by less fancied Basel of Switzerland in a shock 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge last night.
Yesterday’s loss was the first time Chelsea would lose a match at home under the management of the self styled ‘the special one’. He had an unbeaten run at Stamford Bridge throughout his first spell as Chelsea’s manager.
Chelsea had also gone 29 Champions League home games in a row without defeat before last night’s disappointing performance.
Chelsea starting VI included Willian and Eto’o while Torres did not even make the team at all.
Statistics before the match showed that the odds were stacked against the visitors but they played the match with so much determination, marking Mourinho’s boys man for man.
All of Samuel Eto’o’s incursions from the left flank produced nothing as what could be considered as his best move during the first half – a pass from Hazard which he brilliantly flicked past two defenders – didn’t get to Ashley Cole before the off – side flag went up.
Lampard had a chance in the 24th minute but his effort deflects wide.
As the first half wound to a close it appeared the Swiss team had more ball possession than Chelsea.
Chelsea’s only goal of the match came in 45th minute from Oscar driving a low shot past the Basel goalkeeper from a pass he collected from Lampard.
The first half ended with a one goal advantage to Chelsea.
Mourinho didn’t make any changes to his selection and the second half started with the same team that line up for the first half.
A chance came for Willian in the 50th but was cleared by the Basel goalkeeper.
It didn’t appear like the one goal lead Chelsea had over the Boys from Switzerland had dampened their morale as they pressed on for an equaliser as Delgado was brought in to replace Sio and their efforts were rewarded in the 71st when Salah levelled scores at Stamford Bridge for Basel with an assist from Streller.
Nigeria’s Mikel and Demba Ba were both brought in 76 minutes into the match. Mikel tried his best to establish his presence in the midfield while Ba showed his strength to keep hold of the ball and work it back to Hazard.
The proverbial final nail was driven into Chelsea’s coffin for the night when Stellar slotted in the winning goal for Basel in the 81st minute.
The four minutes added to the regulation time was not enough for Chelsea to redeem themselves and the match ended 2-1 in favour of Basel.