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Jose Mourinho Talks Champions League Ahead Of Basel Clash

Jose Mourinho Talks Champions League Ahead Of Basel Clash.
Jose Mourinho At Press conference

Manchester United will start their Champions League campaign against Basel on Tuesday and Jose Mourinho has taken time to iron out key issues to the The president concerning his squad.

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The Red Devil Boss also played down chances of winning the UEFA Champions League this season, saying that only four teams which include Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain are the favorites to win the competition.

Then concluded that he His only for is on making it out if the group stage of the competition, a group which has Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow.

He told a news conference on Monday: "I think in the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level of quality and experience and know how and that's what makes the difference.

"Apart from that there many teams in Champions League who are very similar to teams in the Europa League.

"Feyenoord and Anderlecht were in the Europa League last season and are champions in their countries and now playing in the Champions League.

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

Jose Mourinho Talks about Fellaini's calf injury and how important the Belgian is to his side 

"He's a very important player for me, much more important than what you can imagine," Mourinho said.
"I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn't matter if he is in team or the bench so if his condition is improved I will select him but I cannot say yet."
Jose Mourinho said he wasn't really pleased with Fellaini's performance in the international break.
"He had a problem, played the match against Greece and after the match felt the problem. When players go to the national team they belong to the national team."
Phil Jones and Eric Bailey are suspended and Jose Mourinho looks forward to fielding Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling in their Champions League opener against Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
"I think it's easier for him to play Champions League, it's more comparable to the Portuguese style of football, to the football in the Portuguese League" . He said
"There is more difference in relation to the Premier League. There is no need to adapt to the Champions League. He needs a bit more time to adapt to the Premier League, especially the new Premier League.
"He's an intelligent kid, very bright, very clam, he knows step by step he is going to be there. But for Basel I know he is more than confident and I am more than confident.
"He is a kid with a lot of potential, trust me. There is reason for the others, Eric and Phil, to be worried because he is a very good player."
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