Why are we so shocked FC Basel beat Chelsea?

Manchester United, Zenit St Petersburg, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich - and now Chelsea, all victims to FC Basel's brilliance in recent years.

So Chelsea have now lost two in a row, and Jose Mourinho is human after all. The defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, it seems, fans could take.

Everton have a fairly decent record against Chelsea on Merseyside and are obviously one of, if not the, best of the rest in the Premier League - there is no shame in losing 1-0 at Goodison Park.

But it appears there has been a much more adverse reaction to defeat, at home, against Swiss opposition.

FC Basel came back from a goal down to beat Chelsea. Ruthless in front of goal, from three shots they scored twice - with Mohamad Salah and Marco Streller getting the plaudits for goalscoring.

Afterwards Jose Mourinho apologised saying the result was his fault, people are now doubting the ‘Special One’ while his precious eggs have now cracked - those that tipped Chelsea for the title, such as myself, better get pre-heating the oven for our humble pie.

Or … not - I mean why are we so shocked that Basel did a number on Chelsea.

Comparatively, in terms of ‘world-class players’ and certainly in regards to payroll the difference between the two sides is vast. The Premier League sees the top three teams qualify automatically for the Champions League Group Stage - the Swiss Super League champions had to get past both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Ludogorets Razgrad in qualifying, that is how vastly inferior UEFA classifies the league.

Yes Basel were semi-finalists in last season’s Europa League. They knocked out Tottenham Hotspur in that competition at the quarter final stage. Before that they defeated Zenit St Petersburg, to doubt Basel’s credentials in Europe is a mistake.

And who can forget the season previous, when a largely familiar Basel side beat Manchester United to qualify for the knockout phase of the Champions League - they had earlier drew 3-3 with United at Old Trafford, in the knockout phase they beat Bayern Munich in the first leg before succumbing at the Allianz Arena.

This is a team that have regularly upset European powerhouses over the past couple of seasons and yet we are still shocked to see it happen.

Sure, Chelsea should still have expected to win at home, but fail to respect Basel at your peril - as they have previous.

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