Champions League: Juventus likeliest to dethrone Real Madrid

Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United versus Stoke

To succeed in the Champions League you need to score goals and Romelu Lukaku has been a huge difference maker for United so far this season.

United are entering a hectic part of the season with matches in the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup coming thick and fast, which will require Mourinho to make full use of his squad in these competitions.

There will be many changes in the United side following Saturday's draw with Stoke with both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones not being able to feature due to bans.

Mourinho confirmed that one of his favourite players, Marouane Fellaini, is out injured.

But even with the absentees, Manchester United will be confident of a win after starting the season in such blistering form. Last term they came fourth in Group A, collecting just two points from their six outings. Jones, on the other hand, is suspended for two European matches for verbally abusing the Doping Control officer following United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final earlier in May.

For Lindelof, I think the competition is easier to adapt to because he is used to playing in the Champions League.


"I am a team player and when the manager needs me I will be there and that's it".

Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to return to action as he prepares for his first start of the season when Real Madrid begin their Champions League defence on Wednesday against APOEL Nicosia, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday. "I trust them. I am not anxious at all that Bailly and Jones are out".

According to FiveThirtyEight's Soccer Power Index (SPI), United enter with an 86 percent chance of advancing beyond Group A, while Basel hold just a 12 percent chance of doing so. It is more comparable to the Portuguese style.

However, Basel have made a poor start to the Swiss season and could well be there for the taking at an expectant Old Trafford.

Of the Group A opener against Basle, Mourinho said: 'Being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat. Juventus lost last season's final to Real Madrid and hasn't won the Champions League since 1996.

"We have to qualify for the round of 16 and then enjoy the special nature of the knockouts". Though it is not yet revealed when exactly we might see the 29-year-old on the pitch again, Mourinho will surely be wishing his "important" player a quick recovery, especially with European football looming over their heads.

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