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Juve are Champions League 'super favourites', says Mourinho

2018-11-07 08:42
Jose Mourinho
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Turin - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claimed that Juventus are "super favourites" to win this season's Champions League ahead of their clash in Turin on Wednesday.

Three-time winners United are second in Group H after three games on four points - five behind leaders Juventus who are poised to qualify for the last 16.

Mourinho said that United would not be distracted by Sunday's Manchester derby in the Premier League, but accepted that his team's Champions League fate will be decided by their final two games against Young Boys and Valencia.

"It's a big match to play tomorrow, they're favourites to win the competition," said Mourinho.

"It's big enough to not think about 'what next?'

"It's big enough to think just about the match against Juventus. It's not a crucial match for us. It doesn't matter what happens here.

"There are two more matches against Young Boys and Valencia (which) are going to define the second position."

Manchester United have had to fight back to win recent matches against Newcastle and Bournemouth and Mourinho warned the club could not do that against Juventus, who beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford two weeks ago.

"We work every day to try but the reality is that normally we don't start matches well, but if we don't start well and we end well, that's fine.

"It's good fun for the fans, but football is 90 minutes and especially when your opponent is strong, if you give (a) 45-minute advantage, or even 20 or even 10, you have a mountain to climb.

"The good thing is that lately, apart from the Juventus match, we were strong enough to climb the mountain and change the match in the last minutes.

"When you play against a super team, like tomorrow, if you give an advantage away, it's difficult to climb the mountain."

Mourinho also said that the injured Romelu Lukaku would not be fit to play and could also miss the match against Manchester City.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018
AEK Athens v Ajax, Olympiako Stadio Spyros Louis 19:55
CSKA Moskva v Viktoria Plzen, Stadion Luzhniki 19:55
Juventus v Valencia, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Bayern Munchen v Benfica, Allianz-Arena 22:00
Olympique Lyonnais v Manchester City, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Manchester United v Young Boys, Old Trafford 22:00
Roma v Real Madrid, Stadio Olimpico 22:00
Hoffenheim v Shakhtar Donetsk, Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena 22:00
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Atletico Madrid v Monaco, Estadio Wanda Metropolitano 19:55
Lokomotiv Moskva v Galatasaray, RZD Arena 19:55
Porto v Schalke 04, Estadio Do Dragao 22:00
PSG v Liverpool, Parc des Princes 22:00
PSV v Barcelona, Philips Stadion 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge, Signal-Iduna-Park 22:00
Napoli v Crvena Zvezda, Stadio San Paolo 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Internazionale, Wembley Stadium 22:00
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
Galatasaray v Porto, Turk Telekom Stadyumu 19:55
Schalke 04 v Lokomotiv Moskva, Veltins-Arena 19:55
Liverpool v Napoli, Anfield 22:00
Barcelona v Tottenham Hotspur, Camp Nou 22:00
Club Brugge v Atletico Madrid, Jan Breydelstadion 22:00
Monaco v Borussia Dortmund, Stade Louis II 22:00
Internazionale v PSV, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 22:00
Crvena Zvezda v PSG, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Viktoria Plzen v Roma, Doosan Arena 19:55
Real Madrid v CSKA Moskva, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu 19:55
Valencia v Manchester United, Estadio de Mestalla 22:00
Benfica v AEK Athens, Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (da Luz) 22:00
Manchester City v Hoffenheim, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Ajax v Bayern Munchen, Johan Cruijff ArenA 22:00
Shakhtar Donetsk v Olympique Lyonnais, Oblasny SportKomplex Metalist 22:00
Young Boys v Juventus, STADE DE SUISSE Wankdorf Bern 22:00
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