«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!

Der FC Basel schielt mit einem Spiel weniger, aber nur zwei Punkten Rückstand auf den FCZ auf den Super-League-Thron. FCB-Leader Taulant Xhaka sendet nach dem Sieg in Luzern ein klares Signal an die Konkurrenz.

«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!
© Daniela Frutiger/Freshfocus 25.07.2021; Zuerich; Fussball Super League – Grasshopper Club Zuerich – FC Basel;Taulant Xhaka (Basel) (Daniela Frutiger/freshfocus)

Dieser Titelkampf hat so richtig Zunder drin!

Ein fulminanter FC Zürich mit Riesenlauf. Ein FC Basel, der dank seines breiten, mit lauter Top-Individualisten besetzten Kaders auch mal einen Asien-Ausflug nach Kasachstan unbeschadet übersteht. Ein FC Lugano, der rotzfrech und unbekümmert von Sieg zu Sieg stürmt. Und ein BSC YB, der zwar kriselt und beim FCZ einen herbe Niederlage erleidet, nun aber mit drei Liga-Heimspielen en suite die Chance hat, das Feld wieder aufzurollen!

Doch eines kann bereits jetzt gesagt werden: Die Berner Dominanz der letzten Jahre ist weg. Es weht ein frischer Wind an der Super-League-Spitze!

Und einer gibt nach seinem Auftritt mit dem FCB in Luzern (3:1) klar zu verstehen, dass er besonders heiss auf dieses Titelrennen ist: Taulant Xhaka! Der Basler Mittelfeldmann, sechs Mal Meister mit Rotblau, will zurück auf den Thron. Auch wenn er das so noch nicht öffentlich sagt, lässt er nach dem Erfolg gegen den FCL verlauten: «Wir sind Basel. Wir haben genügend Qualität. Wir haben vor niemandem Angst in dieser Liga, nicht vor Zürich, nicht vor YB!»

Heisser Liga-Gipfel vor Weihnachten

Auf den Höhenflug des FCZ angesprochen, meint er mit einem Schmunzeln: «Das ist mir wurscht! Wir schauen nur auf uns. Und wir spielen gerade eine sehr gute Saison. Es gilt jetzt einfach, genau so weiterzumachen.» Tun das die Basler, können sie allerspätestens am 15. Dezember, beim Nachtrags-Kracher in Bern gegen YB wieder die Spitze erklimmen. Dann sollten sowohl der FCB als auch die Young Boys wieder im Soll sein, was Anzahl gespielte Runden betrifft. Immer vorausgesetzt, die Pandemie macht keinen Strich durch die Rechnung.

Xhaka kommt aus einer Muskelverletzung zurück, muss sich in der gerade im zentralen Mittelfeld gut besetzten Mannschaft wieder behaupten. Der 30-Jährige ist froh, im Zuge der Rotation nach dem Kasachstan-Trip zu Kairat Almaty (3:2) wieder einmal in der Startelf gestanden zu haben: «Klar war das nicht, aber ich hatte schon die Hoffnung!»

Sein langfristiger Vertrag bis Sommer 2024 liesse ihn nicht daran zweifeln, wieder «der alte Tauli» zu werden. Ja und der alte Taulant Xhaka? Der gewann auch zahlreiche Titel. Folgt bald der nächste? (mpe)

«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!
«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!
«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!
«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!
«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!
«Haben keine Angst! FCZ-Sieg? Ist mir wurscht»: FCB-Xhaka heizt Meisterrennen an!

Taulant Xhaka (r.) kämpft sich mit dem FCB zum 3:1-Sieg in Luzern.

Taulant Xhaka (r.) kämpft sich mit dem FCB zum 3:1-Sieg in Luzern.

Die Basler tanzen ausgelassen in den Schneeflocken.

Die Basler tanzen ausgelassen in den Schneeflocken.

Rotblau marschiert in der Innerschweiz zum nächsten Liga-Sieg.

Rotblau marschiert in der Innerschweiz zum nächsten Liga-Sieg.

Und Xhaka sagt zum Titelrennen: «Wir haben vor niemandem Angst!»

Und Xhaka sagt zum Titelrennen: «Wir haben vor niemandem Angst!»

Der 30-Jährige kommt von einer Muskelverletzung zurück.

Der 30-Jährige kommt von einer Muskelverletzung zurück.

Ob der FCB Ende Saison nach Jahren der YB-Dominanz wieder über den Meistertitel jubeln kann?

Ob der FCB Ende Saison nach Jahren der YB-Dominanz wieder über den Meistertitel jubeln kann?

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