Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has warned his players that their Champions League group is far from over.
The Red Devils have beaten CSKA Moscow and Basel to climb to the top of their group but Mourinho was adamant that they haven’t faced the toughest team yet.
Portugal’s Benfica are the next team United face in Europe’s elite competition and it’s no surprise that Jose knows just what the club’s up against.
The Portuguese tactician spent some of his career at Porto and fought many battles with Benfica, who are currently third in the country’s top league.
Although they lost horribly to Basel 5-0, Mourinho still believes they’re a threat to Manchester United’s Champions League campaign.
According to Manchester Evening News, Jose said to Record: “The defeat suffered in Switzerland (Basel won 5-0) didn’t change my opinion that Benfica are our main opponent in this group stage of the Champions League
Benfica’s bad start in the Champions League doesn’t change the approach to the double-match that is at the door. They are better than CSKA and Basel.”
United’s manager’s words will certainly kill off any complacency among his players as the team are currently unbeaten in all competitions so far this season.
The Red Devils good form may concern Mourinho enough to warn them of their next opponent in the Champions League group stage.
Whether Benfica truly are the toughest team in that group or not won’t matter as the manager will continue to play mind games with his own players.
The players may feel that they’re able to kill off any opponent after dispatching of CSKA Moscow 4-1 and Basel 3-0.
They’ve also been at hand to destroy some of their Premier League opponents with similar scorelines and while the goals will be welcome to Mourinho, complacency certainly won’t be.
Jose is clearly aiming for nothing short of the Premier League title and will need his whole squad focused and raring to go in order to achieve it this season.