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Match Preview: PSV vs Basel – Champions League qualifiers

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PSV will host Basel to the Philips Stadium for the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round encounter on Tuesday night at 20:00 (CET).

PSV Eindhoven and Basel will have to start the 2019-20 campaign in the second round of the Champions League qualifiers, after both finishing as runners up in their respective leagues last season.

The Dutch giants played excellent football last season, losing only three games in the Eredivisie. However, the Farmers failed to retain their crown, despite the fact that they won 83 points, finishing three points behind arch-rivals AFC Ajax.

They played in the 2018-19 Champions League campaign but won only two points in the Group B against Barcelona, Inter and Tottenham Hotspur.

Basel, on the other hand, failed to qualify for the Champions League last season, after previously reaching the knock-out stage in 2018.

The Red and Blues finished 20 points behind Super League champions Young Boys, but won the Swiss Cup to at least save something from the rather disappointing 2018-19 season.

They have already started their season with a 4-1 away victory at Sion in the first round of the Swiss Super League.

What did the managers say

Dutch football legend in charge of PSV Eindhoven, Mark van Bommel says their goals is to reach the Champions League group stage, but they’ll have a tough test in the second round of the qualifiers.

“Anyone who follows international football a little knows that FC Basel is a good club,” said Van Bommel via PSV’s official website.

“They are actually always there in Europe and also regularly ‘survive’ the group stage in the Champions League or Europa League. We are going to delve into today’s Basel.

“Our ambition is clear: we want to reach the group stage and that means that we have to take this first hurdle, to begin with.”

Basel head coach Marcel Koller is happy with the club’s pre-season, as they noted four wins and one defeat – 3-2 to Stuttgart, in the only game they failed to score at least four times.

“I’m happy. It was good preparation, almost everyone is fit,” said the former Grasshoppers star at a press conference.

“Of course, when the season starts again, there are other problems because you can only play 11 players. But it’s basically always good when the preparation is over and you can accelerate again.”

Stats

Both sides have never faced each other in an official game yet, with Basel winning 3-2 in their only encounter in a friendly game four years ago.

The Red and Blues are unbeaten in their last six clashed against Dutch sides, noting five wins and one draw in the process.

PSV became regulars in the Champions League in the past few seasons. They will be looking to qualify in the group stage for the fourth time in the last five years.

Basel lost to Greek side PAOK at this stage last season, suffering a defeat in both games of the second qualifying round. They failed to qualify for the Europa League as well, losing on away goals to Apollon Limassol in the play-offs.