Basle won't be preparing a specific plan for Bale, says boss Yakin


Basle coach Murat Yakin will not send his team out with specific instructions on how to handle Tottenham wideman Gareth Bale in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final at White Hart Lane.

Yakin could be forgiven for issuing his players with strict guidelines designed to stop the in-form Wales international having an impact on the tie, with Bale's current goal tally for club and country this season already standing at 27.

But the former Switzerland defender would rather allow his reigning Swiss Super League champions to play their natural game in north London, ahead of next Thursday's return leg.

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'I have obviously got great respect for all teams in this country and they all have quality players,' he said.

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Ambitious: Spurs want the Europa League

'In terms of Gareth Bale, we are looking to disrupt his game but we will not be going for man-to-man marking and indeed we will be looking to play our own game.

'That will hopefully effect Bale's game because we will be playing our own way and we will be able to affect Tottenham getting the ball to Bale.'

Yakin is targeting a goal to take back to Switzerland and will not be setting his stall out to defend at White Hart Lane.

'We know they have strengths at home and it will be a great challenge, but I believe we will be in a position to compete,' he said.

'I don't see our role purely as defensive. I think we have the possibility to attack and score a goal. I think you need to score an away goal in this competition.

'We will see what happens but I know the players are looking forward to the game and to the atmosphere.'

Basle captain Marco Streller was instrumental in the Swiss side's memorable 2-1 victory over Manchester United in last season's Champions League - a result that saw Basle advance at the expense of Sir Alex Ferguson's team.

Unconcerned: Basle boss Murat Yakin has not prepared a specific plan for Bale

Unconcerned: Basle boss Murat Yakin has not prepared a specific plan for Bale

A last-gasp goal for Middlesbrough means Basle also have bitter experiences against English opposition, as Massimo Maccarone's effort took Steve McClaren's side through to the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 2006, and Streller wants to go further than the last eight this time around.

'Obviously it is good with some of that history,' he said. 'I have great memories of a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford and the 2-1 win in the reverse game.

'Playing Spurs, a strong team, is going to be a very tough match but that is what we are in it for. They are favourites but we are in the quarter-finals and we want to go further because going further means success.'



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FC Basel are no push-over team they knocked United out of the Champions League last season. I am not taking this game lightly whether away or at home. If Bale proves just as ridiculous in this match as he was against Inter when Spurs smash them at home then I think Spurs will win quite comfortably. If Bale however, is closed out of the game, Spurs have got to hope Lennon has a good game tonight. COYS lets roll over FC Basel and then beat Everton at the weekend.

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What a fantastic footballer.

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Just when I thought he couldn't get any uglier, he puts on that silly headgear and proves me wrong! Oh no, red arrows!

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they all say the same and are eventually finished off by bale

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United fan here...Arsenal fans are so sad, they attack bale and spurs at every chance to deflect the fact they are a club in crisis, no trophies in 8 years and are now a business instead of a football club. And last time I checked Bale didn't defend, play goalie for spurs, or provide assists for his goals so "one man team" is a ludicrous comment especially after how RVP kept you alive last year (thanks for him by the way)

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Bale v Basle

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watch all the pathetic little goonie nomads start to post their little vile comments.

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... I think you mean FC Basel.

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Watch out for the DIVER people

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