07 Diciembre, 2017
They led and allowed hope to flare for a while but, in reality, their lead on the night always felt flimsy and, regardless, Roma were busy making it irrelevant in the night's other Group C fixture.
"Don't forget here this season is very tough".
Conte dropped Azpilicueta to the substitutes' bench for Chelsea's 1-0 home win over Swansea City last week, marking the first time since December 2015 that he had failed to make the Blues' starting XI. So United, City and Spurs know they will be up against teams who finished second.
With European heavyweights like Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Juventus in pot two, there are guaranteed to be some blockbuster clashes in the second round. In each of the last three seasons, one Premier League club has been eliminated in the group stage. The Reds' solitary defeat came against FC Basel in Switzerland last month, before the group phase concluded with Tuesday night's success.
Only once before has one country had five participants in the Champions League and that was in 2015-16 when Spain had five clubs; Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Europa League winners Sevilla.
Liverpool Legend Steven Gerrard Tips Manchester United for Champions League Glory
Liverpool (if second): Roma, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas.
Liverpool: Basel (20), Bayern Munich (4), Juventus (5), Shakhtar Donetsk (16), Porto (12) or Real Madrid (1).
Spurs: Bayern Munich, Basel, Juventus, Sevilla, Porto or Shaktar Donetsk.
Asked to provide a fitness update on his squad, Mourinho told reporters at Old Trafford: "Do you want the truth?"
"Now it's time to focus on the Premier League, on the Carabao Cup and FA Cup that we will start in January, and when the Champions League is back in February, we will see how we are".
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Real Madrid legend Raul both did it when they were age 21.