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  Friday, 15 November, 2002, 11:22 GMT
Group D at-a-glance
TEAM-BY-TEAM ANALYSIS

Manchester United

Manchester United made the expected progress from a less than taxing group, but will need to improve if they are to reclaim the Champions League crown.

Rio Ferdinand has suffered injuries
Rio Ferdinand has suffered injuries

The 29m arrival of Rio Ferdinand has not solved their defensive deficiencies, and he has been plagued by injuries, while United are too reliant on Ruud van Nistelrooy in attack.

United remain, however, one of the teams capable of winning the trophy, and a major plus is that Juan Sebastian Veron actually shows his true talent on the European stage.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson still harbours hopes of lifting the trophy on home territory at Old Trafford in May.

This, though, is a tough assignment, even if they do know Juventus and Deportivo of old.


Juventus

Juventus are showing there is still life in the "Old Lady" of Italian football, moving into the second phase of the Champions League and lying second behind Inter Milan in Serie A.

Marcello Lippi is back at his spiritual home, and with players of the calibre of David Trezeguet and Alessandro del Piero, they must always be treated with respect.

The Italian champions showed their strength in depth when a virtual second-string side did Newcastle a massive turn by winning against Dynamo Kiev in Kiev.


Deportivo La Coruna

Deportivo La Coruna have flattered to deceive in the competition in the past, and have shown both sides of their character in this season's Champions League.

They were thrashed 4-0 at home by AC Milan, but won away against Bayern Munich to wreck the Germans' hopes.

Still hugely gifted, with Diego Tristan and Roy Makaay a threat. Dark horses.


FC Basle

FC Basle were the lowest ranked of the 32 teams in the Champions League - but coach Christian Gross led them through the first group stage in style.

Two draws against Liverpool, including the final dramatic 3-3 encounter, proved crucial as the resilient Swiss qualified.

Basle rely heavily on the brilliant Hakan Yakin and the Argentine Julio Hernan Rossi, but the second round is unlikely to prove anything more than a money-spinner for Gross' men.


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