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"In the Champions League we play with an attitude of having nothing to lose. Nobody expects us to do well, so we like to go out there and play entertaining football."

- Scott Chipperfield

05/12/2011 09:30, Report by Nick Coppack
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Basel target upset

in Manchester. He's one of the most important players in our team and he's rare in the sense that he's terrific going forward but also works very hard defensively. He's played all over the pitch for us - all across midfield as well as at left-back.

He’s been linked with all sorts of teams around Europe, including United. What’s he like to work with every day?
He's a confident player. He's only small but that be deceiving - he's solid and strong. He's only young but he has very quick feet. Sometimes he reminds me a little of Messi, the way he dribbles. He's naturally left-footed but he also likes playing on the right where he can cut inside and shoot. He can also play at left-back and does a very good job there. He's a very good player and I think he'll go on to play for a much bigger club in the future. He's a big player for us but I don't know how long Basel will be able to hang onto him for.

Is that a scenario that affects a lot of Swiss clubs?
It is, yeah. Switzerland isn't a big league so it's only natural that talented young players want to go to Germany or England. I've been at Basel 11 years and I've seen a lot of players come and go - that's just how it is in Switzerland. That's how clubs have to operate in order to survive – they have to nurture and produce talent and then sell it on. Not many good young players stay in Switzerland.

You could knock United out of the Champions League on Wednesday with a win at home. Is it fair to say few people, even at FC Basel, expected to be in this position?
I think a lot of people, including opposition teams, under-estimate us. To be fair, when the group came out I think most of us thought the realistic target was Europa League qualification. That was where we felt we were likely to have our biggest success this season. But we have a good squad and a lot of us have played international football. In the Champions League we play with an attitude of having nothing to lose. Nobody expects us to do well, so we like to go out there and play entertaining football. At half-time at Old Trafford some people may have expected us to lose four or five-nil. In the end we were unlucky not to win.

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