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(Sporting Alert) — Striker Fernando Torres travelled with Chelsea for their Group E game against FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League Matchday 5 on Tuesday night.

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Torres has missed the last three games because of an adductor injury, but was named in Jose Mourinho’s 21-man squad as the Premier League side looks seal a place into the knock-out round with a win.

Chelsea leads the group with nine points and well relaxed Mourinho said at his press conference: “The pressure is on Basel, not us; we can qualify tomorrow and Basel, even if they win, still have to play a final match in Gelsenkirchen.

“So for them the situation is difficult, which shows clearly that after the first match we did our job and they didn’t. But they are a very good team. It is going to be a big match for them.”

With a vey busy period to come in December, Mourinho wants seal a second round place on Tuesday night.

“We have nine matches to play in December and if we can win here, the match against Steaua has less importance,” he said. “That is our motivation for tomorrow.”

FC Basel heads into the contest ready to compete.

“We are prepared for the match and are looking forward to it,” manager Murat Yakin said. “We want to play in the Champions League after the winter break and we also want to get our first [Group E] win at home.

“A draw will be enough for Chelsea, but big clubs usually want to finish first in the group so as to have a better position in the draw.

“We want to do everything possible to set up a final against Schalke, but, first of all, we want to give our fans a good match and win our first game at home.” Match Fact
• Basel have lost four of their ten home fixtures against English opposition with three wins and three draws. Their only victory in their last four home games was a significant one – the 2-1 success over Manchester United FC on matchday six of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League enabling them to qualify for the knockout rounds at their opponents’ expense.

Omar Hall is a passionate writer. He covers several big events for SportingAlert, including the World Cup and European Championship. Omar is a fan of sports and is honored to do what he loves.

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