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We are not making special plans for Bale, claims Basel coach Yakin

The Swiss side travel to White Hart Lane for their Europa League tie on Thursday, but their man in charge says the Wales international will not be paid particular attention

FC Basel will not be setting out with a specific game plan to stop Gareth Bale when they play Tottenham on Thursday, their manager Murat Yakin has claimed.

The attacker has an impressive tally of 27 goals in all competitions for Spurs so far this season, while his all-round play has made him a leading contender of the Player of the Year award.

The Swiss side travel to White Hart Lane for the first leg of their quarter-final tie and, while recognising that Bale will be key, they will not be man-marking him because Yakin feels they have plenty of threats of their own to pose rather than worrying solely about the opposition.

"I have obviously got great respect for all teams in this country and they all have quality players," Yakin told reporters.

"In terms of Gareth Bale, we are looking to disrupt his game but we will not be going for man-to-man marking and indeed we will be looking to play our own game.

"That will hopefully effect Bale's game because we will be playing our own way and we will be able to affect Tottenham getting the ball to Bale.

"We know they have strengths at home and it will be a great challenge, but I believe we will be in a position to compete.

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"I don't see our role purely as defensive. I think we have the possibility to attack and score a goal. I think you need to score an away goal in this competition.

"We will see what happens but I know the players are looking forward to the game and to the atmosphere."

Club captain Marco Streller has mixed memories regarding European competition, as he was part of the side that was knocked out of the Uefa Cup quarter-finals by Middlesbrough in 2006, as well as starring in two matches against Manchester United.

He added: "Obviously it is good with some of that history. I have great memories of a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford and the 2-1 win in the reverse game.

"Playing Spurs, a strong team, is going to be a very tough match but that is what we are in it for. They are favourites but we are in the quarter-finals and we want to go further because going further means success."
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