(Translated by Thomas Snaith)
The scenario is the same as in 2002, when FCB faced Liverpool in the last game of the group stage. Just like12 years ago, Basel needed a point against Liverpool to qualify for the next round. This time round FCB is playing in England; the only player who played both in 2002 and 2014 is Steven Gerrard. Obviously a lot has changed in the past 12 years. Football is a fast paced business.
Marco Streller did not take part in the first decider, but was present in the stadium and wants to “rekindle the positive emotions” he felt last time. Most players won’t be able to comprehend as they were not present and have no memories of what was experienced in 2002. FCB Coach Paulo Sousa wants to use the chance to “write another chapter in FC Basel’s history books” if they use their chance to qualify for the next round. Basel’s coach is a man who looks forward and not back: “The match ahead is a big challenge for me and for my team. The game against Liverpool FC is a big challenge, but I love to be challenged. This fixture will be a difficult test, which can help us to develop”, stated Sousa.
The trip to Anfield Road is a return for FCB star Philipp Degen, who once played for LFC for 3 years. Despite suffering several injuries during his time in England, Degen has fond memories of his time in Liverpool: “The atmosphere is going to be very special. We are playing Champions League football and the outcome of this fixture is of great importance. I am very much looking forward to the game, especially towards the song „You’ll never walk alone“, which will be heard all around the stands. Every one of us needs to approach this match with passion. “; stated Degen during Monday night’s press conference.