Champions League

Basel boss warns Reds

2014-10-01 09:02
Paulo Sousa (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Basel boss Paulo Sousa is confident that his side are capable of beating Liverpool in their crunch Champions League match.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all been dealt with by Basel at St Jakob Park and now manager Paulo Sousa wants his side eyes another scalp when Liverpool visit Switzerland on Wednesday, October 1.

The Liverpool Echo report that Paulo Sousa is confident of getting a result in the group B fixture.

“I think it’s a fantastic moment for us – for myself, for my players, for the club and for our fans to enjoy,” Sousa said.

“We’re prepared to play against a historic club with important players. It needs to be a perfect game for us but we have a lot of belief.

“Our support gives us a special element. We need our supporters to believe in us and support the players to the very end. If they do that we can create an historic win.”

Sousa was confident that despite being thrashed by Real Madrid in matchweek one, should his side turn in a similar performance then their English guests will be in trouble.

“If we can achieve more or less the same numbers as we produced in the Bernabeu, 50% possession and 16 shots, and it is not easy to achieve those numbers there, then it will give us a great chance to win this game,” he added.

“But we will have to be at our very best to beat a team with Liverpool’s history and their matchwinners.

“It is a pleasure to compete against a great coach and a great man, especially at this level together. He deserves all the credit he has got.

“He is someone very special to me in football. We both look to win, not to draw. I know it will be difficult to compete against a team with a manager like Rodgers.

“He is in the third year of integrating his philosophy and he has spent something like £170m on top players.

“Liverpool can win this competition but the feedback I have from my players after the last two days’ training is that we will have a fantastic game and cause problems for Rodgers’ team.”

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