Scott Chipperfield says FC Basel are full of confidence ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash with Fulham after a surprise win over AS Roma in the first round of fixtures.
The Australian midfielder says beating the Italian giants has given the Swiss side a real lift after a poor start to the season that already sees them some ten points off the pace in the Swiss league.
We’re very looking forward to the match but are expecting a tough, physical game that’s played at a high tempo. Fulham are not doing so well in the league at the moment but are very well organised. We’re looking to get something out of the game.
Our win against Roma was our best performance of the season so far – we hadn’t played well until then. In that match we played for 90 minutes and it was a great result. We’ve played three games since then and haven’t conceded a goal. Self-belief is high because of that performance.
New Basel coach Thorsten Fink is aware of the size of the task facing his sides but might have been indulging in a bit of pre-match kidology by asserting that Fulham were favourites.
We know that Fulham are favourites but we will give everything we have to beat them. Fulham play a typical English game – at a fast pace. They have some injuries but have good players as replacements.
The Roma game was very good for us. It’s given us a good start so I’m very satisfied.