Only two of his newest recruits made the starting line-up against Basle
and one of those - Dejan Lovren - was an enforced change after injury to Kolo Toure.
grew in confidence and stature as the game wore on though the match was over by half-time, so it was hard to assess their performance.
This season, in the premier tournament, Basle
have exacted a semblance of revenge.
We must get them, (in) Basle
, or Schalke, or Bucharest, or all of them or some of them.
Oscar hit the bar before Basle
equalised with 19 minutes remaining through Mohamed Salah, who scored on the May visit to Stamford Bridge.
Any fading hopes in the Basle
camp were put to rest inside five minutes of the second half as Gomez scored his second, a classy left-footed volley from Ribery's left-wing cross.
However, they are streets ahead of Lausanne in terms of quality and even with a less than fullstrength line-up Basle
can register their 19th win of the campaign.
Eden Hazard, playing centrally behind Torres, was doing his utmost to find openings in the Basle
defence, but all too frequently Chelsea gave the ball away.
Tom Huddlestone and Emmanuel Adebayor both missed from the spot, while Basle
converted all four to send Andre Villas-Boas' team crashing out of the competition.
Giggs (below) was again the provider with a majestic pass which sliced through the Basle
defence, leaving Welbeck with the simplest of finishes.
remain on top of Group C in the Champions League and this performance will provide Ferguson with some head-scratching, with question marks particularly against Phil Jones and Rio Ferdinand's compatibility in central defence.
The first half was all about Welbeck, however, the 20-year-old was a lone striker against Basle
with Ferguson surprising everyone with his formation.