We are edging closer to the Champions League group stage as the teams have gone through the third qualifying round. While we have seen surprises when big names crashed out of the competition, the attention was focused on the tie between LASK Linz and Basel.

After a terrific season in the Austrian Bundesliga saw them finished second, LASK entered the Champions League with a new manager in Valérien Ismaël. He kept the core that Oliver Glasner built during a few recent seasons that witnessed João Klauss and Samuel Tetteh’s returns. With some of the new names like Rene Renner and Valentino Müller, they were confident in advancing further in the competition.

Basel also finished with the same record as LASK but they were left far behind by Young Boys. They qualified for the second qualifying round and beaten PSV with a very impressive style. As a constant participant in the group stage, their fans also expected them to do the same this time. But they couldn’t turn the tie around after losing 2-1 at home. Three goals from Reinhold Ranftl, Thomas Goiginger and Marko Raguž stole the headlines for Ismaël’s side.

This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of LASK’s dominant win over Basel. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out the tactical points from Basel’s tactics that formed their loss over LASK’s tactics.

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