Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

EPL hampers clubs' chances in Europe: Jose Mourinho

With that in mind, here are three players who Mourinho must start at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Despite slipping up on Saturday against Stoke, Manchester United are still top of the Premier League with ten points from four games.

The Red Devils are back in European club cup football's biggest tournament thanks to their Europa League title success last term and kick off the group stages at home against Basel tonight.

Basel have a decent record at Old Trafford in the Champions League. I have some players without that great experience.

"I know it goes against us but I have to admit I love the English Christmas period of football", said the United boss."And then there is the fact that we have to play many times two days before the big matches in Europe and then other countries protect their clubs". In addition to that, the over 2.5 goals also look appealing since Manchester United are full of goals and we are getting a good price on the bet.

Nine years later, the Mourinho who took his seat in the dugout was an altogether more conciliatory figure.

It's no surprise that Manchester United are runaway favourites to win the game given the clear gulf in quality between the sides. They have been very impressive up to now and look primed for a huge season both domestically and in the Champions League. "I missed it a lot last season", he added.

Mourinho confirmed on Monday that despite placing his trust in Sergio Romero for the majority of last season's triumphant Europa League campaign, David de Gea will be preferred in European competition this time around.

But his stock in the competition has dipped since his second success with Inter Milan in 2010, the Portuguese having failed to go beyond the semifinals in his three years at Madrid and two-and-a-half-year second stint at Chelsea.

Qarabag are the first Azerbaijani team to make it to the group stages and their reward was one of the most competitive groups.

- Spurs have won only two of their last nine Champions League games (D2 L5).

"We have a group now and people say it is an easy one for us in the Champions League", he said.

However, the Swiss outfit did knock United out of the group stages in 2011, in a huge shock that reverberated around Europe, and saw Nemanja Vidic suffer a knee injury that meant he never really returned to his prime.

Tomorrow: Maribor PL v Spartak Moscow, Liverpool v Sevilla, Feyenord v Man City, Shakhtar Donetsk v Napoli, Leipzig v Monco, FC Porto v Besiktas, Real Madrid v Apoel Nicossia, Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund.

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