Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he will choose a young team for the Champions League clash with FC Basel at Stamford Bridge tonight.

The 50-year old has so far invested in the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Oscar for recent Premier League matches as he attempts to build a formidable starting line-up with the right blend of youth and experience.

He said: "I could choose a team against Basel with the most experienced players, but I'm choosing one with four who are 22 or under because that's a core we need to develop.

"We have to build a team full of talented players without the experience and the football philosophy born of having worked together for a long time, going in one direction looking for an indentity."

"Let's see what happens. I have to focus not on the past but on the future."

The Chelsea faithful will be hoping that Mourinho is able to replicate the success in Europe that he has achieved in his illustrious career to date, and he could become the only manager in the history of the competition to win the tournament with three different clubs.

However, the Blues boss has dismissed claims that the Champions League is an obsession for him, and he said: "There's no obsession for me with this competition. No obsession for Chelsea.

"But I want to win it for a third time, and I want Chelsea to win it for a second time."

Mourinho will be looking to get off to the best possible start with a win over Swiss outfit Basel, who knocked Spurs out of the Europa League last season, before they lost to Chelsea in the semi-finals.

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