Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes that the English teams in the Champions League this year are “second level” to clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Mourinho watched his side cruise to a 3-0 win over Basel at Old Trafford in their Group A opener on Tuesday, though he was not impressed with United’s performance, criticising them for not doing a thorough and professional job.
He told reporters: “I think the Champions League for these teams [big European sides] that you are speaking, and for Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, I think for these teams the Champions League starts in February.
“Now is just the warming up and in February when us English teams, we are trying to survive after the winter period, they will be fresh and ready after these warm-ups.
“For them this is a warm-up. I think we [English teams] are in the second level. And the second level is ‘let’s qualify’.
“Let’s get the points to qualify for the knock-out phase and when we do that, if we do that, let’s enjoy playing against the big guys.”