Picking the Ideal Chelsea Starting XI to Beat Basel

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Picking the Ideal Chelsea Starting XI to Beat Basel
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Chelsea go into their Europa League semifinal clash with FC Basel on May 2 knowing that they will progress to the final if they manage to avoid defeat.

But they will need to guard against complacency if they are to reach their second consecutive European final.

The Blues hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg at St. Jakob-Park. This was where a last-gasp winner from David Luiz ensured the West London club traveled back to England with one foot in the final after a controversial penalty gave Basel a way back into the tie.

And their interim manager Rafa Benitez will look to instill the composure and motivation required to guide his side to the Amsterdam Arena next month. Although, Benitez will also be wary of the impressive Swiss side since they have already knocked Tottenham out of the competition.

Murat Yakin's side have nothing to lose having narrowly missed out on a draw in the first leg. It is expected that the young coach will look to grab an early goal to put some pressure on Chelsea.

This matchup promises to be an exciting tie and one which the Blues should win comfortably. Let's take a look at how they might line up.

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