After seven rounds, Christian Gross's side have 16 points, three more than FC Zürich, Grasshopper-Club, BSC Young Boys and FC Thun. Having drawn 3-3 at FC St. Gallen, Basel produced two dominant displays at St. Jakob-Park, defeating FC Aarau 7-2 and Neuchâtel Xamax FC 3-0.
Such successes are all the more impressive as Basel have suffered a number of setbacks, not least the defeat by Werder Bremen in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Furthermore, star striker Christian Giménez left for Olympique de Marseille under a cloud after refusing to play against Bremen because of his impending move to Ligue 1. "We only want players whose hearts are with us 100 per cent," said a Basel satement.
Back to Brazil
Days later, Brazilian defender Kleber asked to be released from his contract to return home as his pregnant wife was seriously ill. These events, however, have hardly impacted on Basel's league form, which has brought 18 goals in seven outings and just one defeat, a 3-0 reverse at Thun in the second round.
Having unexpectedly reached the Champions League group stage, Thun have impressed at home too, beating Grasshoppers and Xamax in successive weeks. Those wins were followed by a 2-0 loss to promoted FC Yverdon-Sports, who having taken just one point from six matches, replaced coach Radu Nunweiller with Roberto Morinini, and the new man's reign began in style with the scalp of Thun.
Urs Schönenberger's side occupy fifth spot on 13 points, level with Zürich, Grasshoppers and Young Boys, who all took six points in the last month. At the bottom, Yverdon stay tenth and last, below Xamax on goal difference.
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