'We have no winter break, but I love it,' says Mourinho

Sep 13, 2017, 00:15

"It doesn't matter that he hasn't played Champions League before, he has scored goals and played in the best league in the world so he will score goals for us".

Jose Mourinho has admitted Manchester United are not yet in the same realm as Europe's elite after 644 days away from the Champions League.

Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling had been twiddling their thumbs while centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones made a confident start to the season, but the chinks in that particular armour were ruthlessly exposed by...

"I don't even think they'll go as far as Manchester United or, by a fag paper, Liverpool in this season's competition", he wrote.

But he will face Basel in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday as both Bailly and Jones complete European suspensions for a red card against Celta Vigo and verbally abusing a doping official after the Europa League final win over Ajax respectively.

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"Real Madrid are on a different level: they won the last two Champions Leagues so it's a different reality".

Only Liverpool (5) have won more European Cup/Champions League titles than Manchester Utd (3) among English clubs. "There is a reason for Eric and Jones to be anxious because Victor is very good". 'I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad.

No wonder United manager Jose Mourinho sounded a note of caution when Basel was drawn as a group-stage opponent in this season's Champions League.

"No need to adapt, he needs a little bit of time to adapt to the Premier League".

Elsewhere, RB Leipzig will make their Champions League bow against last season's semi-finalists Monaco, the Ligue 1 champions shorn of numerous stars who fired them to glory in France past year.

"You look at the current Manchester United team and you wonder if they can they win the Champions League?".

He then left the club at the end of his contract that summer, going on to shine for Juventus in Serie A and the Champions League over the course of a four-year stay in Turin before completing a record-breaking transfer back to England.

'We have to try to qualify, we have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe'.

"I don't like that clear separation of "I play in this competition and you play in this competition", he said.

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