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FCB is a favourite – FCB-YB: prestige, a place in the European Cup – or is it more? – Sports


In the Basel-YB Classic on Sunday, he is “only” about second in the championship. maybe.


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YB Moumi Ngamaleu Actor Edited by Sebastiano Esposito (left) and Dan Ndoye.

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FC Basel has had to be shown by YB several times in recent years. Red-blue hasn’t won against yellow and black for 21 months.

Even stranger is the role of the candidates, as Bayern finds itself before the duel of the fourth season with the champion. Guillermo Abascal’s side have won their last three matches, YB hasn’t won since the end of February (two draws, two defeats).

But calm title hope?

With the win, FCB can cut the gap with leaders Zurich to 10 points, which means there is still little hope of FCZ intercepting in the championship race, if that is the case. The loss of points in the derby should lead to a weakness stage.

More realistically, the game is about second place and securing the European Cup position. In particular, YB is breathing on FC Lugano, who also has European ambitions.

Live duels this season

It is also about the future of the coach

And a victory in the prestige duel would provide the new president on the sidelines with arguments for long-term business prospects. On the Basel side, Abascal made it clear that he would like to become the head coach again next season. He replied, “Yes, sure.” Basler newspaper for a related question.

New YB man Matthew Vanetta is more conservative. David Wagner’s successor goal is “to get YB values ​​back on track,” he recently told SRF. But against Bayern, he may have to dispense with a number of players. In addition to Rieder and Fassnacht, Lustenberger, Camara, Ngamaleu and Sulejmani may also be absent.

Despite the opponent’s weakness, Abascal remains cautious: “I expect a very hungry opponent who wants to make people forget their last appearance,” according to the Spanish club’s website. YB defender Sandro Lauber gave the opponent a “strong impression”, but emphasized: “The main movement has stopped, so we set ourselves the goal of second place. To do this, we all have to cooperate.”