Showdown between BSC Young Boys and Basel in the Stade de Suisse
On Easter Monday, there will be a showdown in the Super League. If Leader YB wins the duel against Basel at the Stade de Suisse, the Berners will hardly be able to claim their first championship title since 1986.
The Super League threatens once more boredom in the fight for the championship title before the last quarter of the season. But not since 2010 uninterrupted Master Basel, but the Young Boys, the eternal second, after the last eight championship wins in a row the competition hurried. With another success in the direct duel with the FCB, the Berner would extend the lead over their first pursuer before the last nine rounds to 16 loss points. A margin that can not be recovered under normal circumstances. Too strong, too confident and self-confident, the Bernese appear in 2018, they have all won their eight competitive games.
In contrast to earlier years, those responsible in the capital have long since withdrawn their reservations; the title of champion is the publicly declared goal. Ideally, waiting more than three decades for a title ends up winning the Double. If not now – when, then, YB? Although coach Adi Hütter was a bit blank before the groundbreaking duel against Basel, his battle announcements and big proverbs were never the kind of smart Vorarlbergers who aptly formulated the starting position before the top match: “Basel must, YB can win.”
On the side of the FCB trying to hide the table situation. “But the team knows what it’s all about,” said coach Raphael Wicky. “We’re going to Bern to win.” With the exception of Eder Balanta, who has been injured for weeks, FCB is aiming for the first goal and their first victory this season at the Stade de Suisse. Both at the season opener last summer and in the Cup semi-final in February FCB lost in Bern 0: 2. Now Easter Monday is to bring the turning point to the good. “We’re ready – and capable of launching a series,” says Wicky.