Chelsea pitted against Basel

Rafa Benitez’s side draw against Swiss club in semi-finals of Europa League

Rafael Benitez looks on during the Europa League quarter-final between Rubin Kazan and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Dmitry Korotayev/Epsilon/Getty Images

Rafael Benitez looks on during the Europa League quarter-final between Rubin Kazan and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Photograph: Dmitry Korotayev/Epsilon/Getty Images

Fri, Apr 12, 2013, 11:26

Chelsea will meet Basel in the semi-finals of the Europa League after the draw was made this morning.

The Londoners, who overcame Rubin Kazan yesterday evening winning 5-4 on aggregate, will enjoy home advantage in the second leg against the Swiss side.

Basel, however, will have little fear of travelling to the English capital having drawn 2-2 with Tottenham in the quarter-final first leg before defeating them on penalties after another 2-2 draw last night.

The other semi-final will see Benfica, conquerors of Newcastle, take on Fenerbache.

The semi-final first legs will take place on April 25th, the second legs on May 2nd.