(Translated by Thomas Snaith)
After 4 rounds, Group I can be divided into 3 sections: FCB who has already qualified for the next round, with 11 points & leading the group. Getafe CF and FC Krasnodar who play each other in the last round and will fight for qualification. Trabzonspor A.S.; The Turks are the only side to have won a point against FCB but already have no chance to qualify for the next round.
Winning the group lies in FCB´s hands
Trabzonspor can still play the role of the spoilsports, if the Turks manage to win points against the Spaniards and FCB do the same; In this case FCB will have already won the group before they face Basel in their final game at St. Jakob-Park. With a win in Krasnodar, FCB secure group victory. This happy thought may be hard to accomplish despite a clear victory in Basel. FCB beat the Russians 5:0 as the group stage kicked off; a perfect start for Rotblau. The Russian side will be motivated to achieve a positive result on home soil.
We can't compare thus fixture with the 1st leg fixture. I believe they sold themselves short in Basel.
They seem to have back on track. FC Krasnodar; unbeaten for 8 fixtures but 4 of the fixtures ended in a draw. Only last Sunday in Tula, after 4 consecutive draws, the Russians celebrated a victory. In both the UEFA Europa League as well as in the Russian league, FC Krasnodar still have something to play for. Even if they lose against FCB, they still have the chance to qualify, especially as they face Getafe in Spain in their last group stage fixture.
It´s all about winning the group, which we can achieve with a victory. That should be enough motivation for us.
FCB have two more aims for the last two group stage fixtures, even though they may be difficult to reach. The first aim is to win the group in order to be drawn with a potentially weaker opponent in the next round. The second aim is to beat a club record by winning 3 points from the remaining 2 fixtures. Of course there is also the aim of regaining confidence after losing to Servette FC last weekend.
Petretta injured, Xhaka suspended
Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Eric Ramires and Ricky van Wolfswinkel, as well as Raoul Petretta have not made the journey to Russia as they are all injured. Taulant Xhaka is suspended. Tician Tushi, Yves Kaiser, Yannick Marchand, Julian von Moos as well as Edon Zhegrova also remain in Switzerland. Zhegrova was restricted entry to Russia due to visa issues.