Our forecast for this Champions League game:
Player in focus (Nathan Ake):
Ake is a skilled soccer player for both the Dutch National Team and AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League. He was born on February 18th, 1995 and began his youth career in 2003 with ADO Den Haag. He later transferred to Feyenoord in 2007 and then joined Chelsea’s youth academy in 2011.
At 17 years old, Ake made his debut as a professional player for the Blues on December 26, 2012, in a 0-1 win against Norwich. He spent most of his time at Chelsea in the reserves, with a few starts and substitute appearances, until being loaned out to Reading for a month in 2015. After returning, he joined Watford on a season-long loan where he was named the club’s young player of the season. He then had another successful loan stint at Bournemouth before being recalled by Chelsea in January 2017.
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 season, the 24-year-old player returned to his current team, Bournemouth, on a permanent basis with a five-year contract valued at 20 million pounds. In international games, Ake has played for the Netherlands at all levels of youth tournaments and has even led the under-17 and under-19 teams. He debuted with the senior team on May 31st, 2017, in the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory over Morocco in a friendly match.
Team in focus (Young Boys):
In only five years since its establishment, Young Boys achieved their first Swiss Super League victory in 1903. Throughout the 20th century, the team from the capital city won an impressive 11 domestic trophies. However, in the past two decades, they have been overshadowed by Basel. Young Boys’ most recent Swiss Super League title was in 1986, and their last Swiss Cup win was in 1987.
The Stade de Suisse, serving as a national stadium, is where The Yellow and Blacks will host their rivals. It should be noted that the team plays on artificial turf. In the past, Swiss football legend Stephane Chapuisat was a player for the club, and former Yugoslavia coach Vujadin Boskov also played for the Stade de Suisse team.
In 1898, Young Boys had their debut match and tied with Institute Grunau. Although they competed in the 2016/2017 Champions League qualifiers, they were unable to advance to the group stage of the prestigious tournament.