Chelsea Champions League report: Basel through in Swiss Cup; Schalke rediscover form

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As Chelsea prepare to face FC Basel in their first Champions League game of the season, we continue our weekly reports on the Blues' group-stage opponents' results and form.

Chelsea return to the Champions League having suffered a 1-0 loss to Everton on Saturday. But Jose Mourinho has both the personnel and the experience to ensure that disappointment is quickly forgotten as they host FC Basel on Wednesday evening.

Every week we will take a look at how Chelsea’s Champions League opponents have fared in their domestic competitions, giving fans a hint of what to expect in the build-up to the matches that will take place in the coming months.

FC Basel:

The Swiss side warmed up for their match against Chelsea with a 1-0 win away to Munsingen in the Swiss Cup. The victory was Basel’s third win in a row and came courtesy of a 55th-minute goal from midfielder Matias Delgado.

Basel’s last league game was a 2-1 victory over current league leaders Young Boys prior to the international break.

Schalke:

The German side appear to have turned a corner in the last few weeks, as one point from three league games quickly became seven points from five. Consecutive victories over Bayer Leverkusen and Mainz 05 mean they begin their Champions League campaign in good spirits, and in Kevin-Prince Boateng, they have signed someone who has almost single-handedly turned their early-season form on its head.

The former AC Milan man scored the only goal of the game in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Mainz, that saw Schalke move up five places in the Bundesliga to eighth.

Poor finishing from Mainz striker Maxim Choupo-Moting had much to do with the final score, with Boateng’s wonderful effort ten minutes before half-time ultimately proving decisive.

Steaua Bucharest:

The Romanian side maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 5-0 home win against Sageata Navodari on Saturday. An early goal from on-loan striker Federico Piovaccari set the tone, with further first-half strikes from Andrei Prepelita and Adrian Cristea ending the match as a contest.

It remained 3-0 until the 72nd-minute, when two goals in 10 minutes from Pantelis Kapetanos rounded off the scoring and ensured Steaua remained one point off top spot with a game in hand.

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