Real Madrid and Basel have met before on the European stage in 1971
The Whites beat the Swiss team 1-2 and 2-1 in the first round of the UEFA Cup.
Real Madrid have won all their home games against Swiss teams
They have played 10 matches against teams from the country in the European Cup, the Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Cup.
Real Madrid are the side with the highest number of European Cup appearances
The Whites will start their 45th European Cup campaign against Basel, having won the competition 10 times.
Damir Skomina will take charge of Real Madrid-Basel
The Slovenian official has taken charge of four games involving the Whites in the Champions League.
Ancelotti: “We’ll be competitive in the Champions League and try to win it again”
"Starting the competition well is important and we want to react against Basel", he stated.
James: “We have to play with intensity and start with a win”
"The match against Basel is a great chance to win and do everything well", added the Colombian.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their opening game in the European Cup
The Whites have won 42 games and drawn only twice.
The team completes the final training session before hosting Basel
Ancelotti was joined by all his available players as well as academy player Rubén Yáñez.