in The end, the naked result: 2:5-Torververhältnis from two Games remains. Two defeats – against the LASK, the second in the Austrian Bundesliga. The Linzer athletic sport club didn’t just get the word “athletics” in the club name. The upper Austrians were in three of the four and a half times more robust, faster – and Yes: quite simply the better Team.

it is bitter for Swiss football and for the Basel particularly. Because you are not a big club anymore. Games against Manchester, Liverpool or Real Madrid are now a long way away.

This fact alone may not surprise. As Bernhard Burgener was started two years ago with his new Crew, he has to call the break out. Younger, native to the FCB. This is accompanied by a loss of quality of course. It is very likely that the FCB will in the medium term, have the Europa League to get used to.

But the way it is against the LASK eliminated, leaving behind all sense of reality with a bitter aftertaste. The FCB was, as hard as this may sound, not ready to fight against this force bolts from Linz to accept, wanted to come up with playful ways to success. But this Team is simply too little to style, and ultimately just to good for the Champions League.