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.”