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Chelsea handed Basel in Europa League semi-finals

ESPN staff
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Chelsea have been drawn to face Basel in the Europa League semi-final draw.

Rafael Benitez's side will travel to Switzerland for the first leg. Basel, Tottenham's conquerors on penalties in the quarter-finals, will face a Blues side who secured their path to the final four with a 5-4 aggregate win over Russian side Rubin Kazan.

In the other semi-final Fenerbahce will play Benfica for a place in the final. The ties will be played on April 25 and May 2.

The draw, held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, also decided that the winners of Fenerbahce and Benfica will be classed as the home team in next month's final.

Chelsea secretary David Barnard said the club was happy with the prospect of facing Basel, but insisted that they won't underestimate their opponents.

"Before the draw was made we probably would have hoped for Basel over Benfica or Fenerbahce but then they have just put out our colleagues from the Premier League, Tottenham, and also they were responsible last season for Manchester United not getting through their group stage so it is going to be a tough game," he said.

"We've got the players. We've been there, we've been in six semi-finals of the Champions League and two finals so that will probably be a big factor."

Barnard also noted the possibility of Chelsea holding both the Champions League and Europa League trophies at the same time.

"If we play in the final of the Europa League final we will still be holders of the Champions League so we could be holders of both trophies at the same time," he said.

Semi-final draw

Fenerbahce v Benfica
Basel v Chelsea
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