FC Basel – PSV Eindhoven: Walking On A Thin Line For 180 Minutes (2-1)

Basel progressed to the next round of Champions League qualification after a game of opposites and similarities. Manager Mark van Bommel was not able to solve PSV Eindhoven’s overarching problems, and they eventually fell short to a team that played their cards well, despite never looking completely in control.

Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi

The Champions League is widely regarded as the most exciting and unpredictable competition in Europe, and plot twists are constantly lurking around the corner. PSV Eindhoven’s defeat to FC Basel was just another example of the fate teams who fail to take their chances in the first leg have to deal with. In said first leg, after taking an early lead, Mark van Bommel’s men let down their guard by squandering chances and allowing Basel to have their sporadic say in the match, courtesy of a shaky defense. Only some desperate attacking followed by two goals in injury time saved the hosts to put them in an advantageous position for the second leg. 

For the return, neither manager made any changes in the lineup, suggesting that both teams would stick to their respective strategies and tactical plans. Both teams nominally field four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers, with Albian Ajeti up front leading the attack for Basel and Hirving Lozano, Steven Bergwijn, Bruma and Donyell Malen inciting counterattacks for PSV.

Strong Basel start leads to an early goal

Perhaps convinced by Basel’s static in buildup and . . .

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