Red Bull Salzburg 1 - 2 Basel

Match info: Europa League - Round of 16 at Red Bull Arena

Date: 20/03/2014 KO: 20:05 Ref: M Grafe Att: 19,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Salzburg

Jonathan Soriano 22

1
vs
2

Basel

Marco Streller 51
Gaston Sauro 60

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: March 20 2014, 9:43 GMT

Red Bull Salzburg manager Roger Schmidt insists it will be business as

Roger Schmidt: Keeping his players' minds on the job
Roger Schmidt: Keeping his players' minds on the job

usual as his team attempts to book a place in the Europa League

quarter-finals.

The in-form Austrians returned from Basle last week with a 0-0 draw

which sends them into the return leg at the Red Bull Arena as slight

favourites.

However, Schmidt has told his players to treat their latest mission the

same as any other game.

He told the club's official website, www.redbulls.com: "We have always

managed to focus strongly on the respective game without changing

anything special.

"Therefore, the team should prepare itself as it has always done it."

However, defender Florian Klein, who will replace the injured Christian

Schwegler, admits he and his team-mates are well aware of what is at

stake.

Klein said: "For everyone in the team, it is probably one of the most

important games he has played at club level.

"It is a real cup final to decide who will be in the next round."

Salzburg head into the game brimming with confidence after a remarkable

run of games.

They are unbeaten in 16 matches in all competitions with the only one of

those not to result in victory the 0-0 first leg draw in Switzerland,

and sit a staggering 27 points clear at the top of the Austrian

Bundesliga.

Schmidt's men set a new Europa League record on their way to this stage

of the competition, winning all six of their group games home and away

before beating Ajax in both legs in the last 32.

They are unbeaten in seven European home games, winning all five Europa

League fixtures to date this season with Fenerbahce the only side to

deny them victory on their own pitch on the way to a 4-2 aggregate

victory in the Champions League third qualifying round.

Basle too are in good form having gone 12 games in all competitions

games since their last defeat, although their 5-0 league victory over FC

Aarau on Sunday was the leaders' first in four outings including the

draw with Salzburg.

Perhaps more pertinently, they have won none of their past three away

games in Europe since a shock 2-1 Champions League victory at Chelsea on

September 18 last year.


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