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Mourinho counts on Smalling-Lindelof defensive partnership

12 Septembre 2017

Might Spain's fare any better?

Playing their home matches out of Wembley has proved a hindrance rather than an advantage for Mauricio Pochettino's men.

The more measured response was one of anticipation. The Belgian will be desperate to make a splash in the Champions League and this formation, which puts four devastating creators behind him, is the best chance he could have. City were overwhelming favourites in their knockout tie against Monaco previous year before being knocked out, albeit against a side which ended up winning Ligue 1, and if they defend the way they did against the French champions then they will be vulnerable against any top side. We've worked very hard all of a year ago in the league and then went through a really tough qualification phase and this is the competition that we wanted to be in. Motivation is very high. And I think in this moment, David is playing very well and is very confident.

He has a Champions League track record, however limited.

Here's an insight into how these teams will manage in the upcoming instalment of Champions League football. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the second group stage on March 12, 2003, and to a 3-3 draw -- in which Ashley Young scored the equaliser in the 90th minute - in the group stage on September 27, 2011.

With August now a distant memory and his account for the season opened, the pressure will be on Kane to deliver at Wembley against Dortmund on Wednesday.

"To be humble is to admit the opponent has the same ambition as we have and that the opponent can perfectly come here, like they did in the past, and give Manchester United a bad taste", Mourinho said, in reference to the teams' last meeting at Old Trafford six years ago when United needed a 90th-minute goal from Ashley Young to escape with a 3-3 draw. Why not replicate the 4-3-3 deployed in the Potteries, but with a few key alterations?

Guillermo Varela started on that fateful evening alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, while Cameron Borthwick-Jackson was one of the substitutes.

Fast forward little under two years, and this is a United squad that belongs on this stage.

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"They (Rashford and Martial) need to work twice as hard".

Despite what at first glance, looks an easy group stage draw, having avoided the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus from Pot 1, Group A could get a lot more trickier should United fail to get a positive result i.e all 3 points, on Tuesday night.

They rediscovered the winning feeling in Europe under Mourinho last season by triumphing in the Europa League, but it is the Champions League where both he and United feel they belong.

Mourinho confirmed that de Gea will continue in goal, and that Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof would play in central defence amidst of Bailly and Jones. Taulant Xhaka and Ricky van Wolfswinkel are the pivotal figures in his squad, with the Albanian midfielder in charge of dictating play from the centre of the park, while the former Norwich striker is the form player for Basel.

Manager to watch - Arsene WengerArsene Wenger stands at a crossroads with two possible avenues. He said: "In the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level of quality, experience and know-how that makes the difference".

The Special One added: "Real a year ago played the last month in La Liga with the second team and they arrived at the final with a fresh team".

After failing to qualify for the tournament in the 2015-16 campaign, the Red Devils had to settle for the Europa League. Thus, the pressure to perform well in European competition is on.

For now, a balance can be struck, but Wenger's mind is already made up.

"It's good to be back in the Champions League, especially at Old Trafford". Basel has only lost two of their last ten games.