Manchester United and Chelsea both returned to the Champions league after both were absent last year from the competition. Manchester United marked there return to the glorious competition with a comfortable 3
– 0 win over Basel at Old Trafford, while Chelsea put 6 past Qarabag FK, Davide Zappacosta grabbing a spectacular goal, probably in nomination for goal of the season, and 5 different scorers for Chelsea.
Manchester United a deserved there victory over Swiss side Basel. Marouane Fellaini, who came on for the injured Paul Pogba in the first half, rose highest to head United ahead from an Ashley Young cross with 10 minutes to go to the break.
Romelu Lukaku strengthened their grip on the encounter by converting from among a group of players in the box from a Daley Blind cross following a short corner, netting his first Champions league goal in his career.
Marcus Rashford fired in his side’s third from a Fellaini low cross seven minutes after coming on. The striker has now scored in his first appearance in the Champions League, Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, League Cup and for England.
Pogba came off injured during the first half, and the manager fears he will miss “a few weeks” due to a hamstring injury.
“I just know from experience it’s a muscular injury, in my experience, muscular injuries stop you from playing for a few weeks, I think.” Mourinho said.
But Mourinho also feels the team are still on the second level, in which they will need to up there game to compete against the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern.
“I think for these teams that you are speaking of and for the Real Madrids, Barcelonas and Bayerns, the Champions League starts in February.”
“For them this is a warm-up. I think we are in the second level. The second level is, let’s qualify, let’s make the points to qualify for the knockout phase. When we do that, let’s enjoy playing against the big guys.” Mourinho told reporters at Old Trafford.
Marouane Fellaini picked up the Man of the match for his superb display.
Chelsea rested several first team players against Qarabag FK, but still won with ease. Pedro opened the scoring with a 20-yard curler from Willian’s lay-off.
Italy right-back Zappacosta, on his first Blues start, ran 50 yards down the right wing, before sending over a cross that flew past Ibrahim Sehic.
Cesar Azpilicueta headed home a third after the break from Cesc Fabregas’ cross.
Willian hit the crossbar, and substitute Tiemoue Bakayoko scored his first Blues goal with a deflected shot from close range.
Batshuayi then scored twice in the final 15 minutes – firing in from outside the box after being picked out in space by Bakayoko and then scrambling home Zappacosta’s cross.
Chelsea boss Conte was delighted with the win and hailed his team performance.
“To play the first game, then to win with a good result, to score many goals, to finish the game with a clean sheet – I saw a lot of positive things tonight,” he said.
On his five changes, he said: “To play in the Champions League it means the coach trusts you. My message tonight was this: I trust all my players, not with only words, but with facts.
“If we think like last season to play with only 13 players, we are crazy. We have to improve all these players to try to create a positive competition between them.”
Willian picked up the Man of the Match Performance.