Basle v Otelul Galati preview

Basle face Romanian champions and competition debutants Otelul
Galati on Wednesday night. Basle also started against Romanian
opposition at this stage last season, and fell to a 2-1 defeat to
CFR 1907 Cluj after conceding twice in the first 12 minutes, going
on to finish third in the group and drop into the Europa League.
But after watching them thrash Servette 4-0 on Saturday in the
league, Fink believes his team can do better this time around. “I
was very satisfied with the performance of my team,” Fink said. “I
was very happy that we kept a clean sheet, which can give us
confidence for the next few games. “If we can have a similar
performance to the one against Servette, we will beat Galati.”
While Basle had a disappointing experience in the Champions League
this time last year, the Galati team have virtually no experience
at all. Only one player in the squad, Sorin Frunza, has previously
played any Champions League football, and his resume stretches to
just five appearances, two as a substitute, for FC Unirea Urziceni
two years ago. Earlier this summer, club captain Sergiu Costin
likened the challenge of a first Champions League campaign to
scaling Everest. But after they won their first ever Romanian
league title last season, coach Dorinel Munteanu has told his team
to believe they can compete. “I am not feeling any emotion, and I
hope my players leave their emotions at home too,” he said. “Even
if this is our first time in the competition, we must believe in
ourselves, we must be focused and very determined. “We go to Basle
looking to get a point or points. It is difficult but not
impossible. “We have studied the team from Basle, they have a good
team with extensive experience in European competition. “But we
hope to be a pleasant surprise in this group.”