Sport Ferdinand backs Chelsea for Champions League success

12:45  14 september  2017
12:45  14 september  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Ferdinand is backing Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (above) to Manchester United’s Europa League success in Stockholm boosted their Champions League ambitions on two Chelsea may be among the top seeds as they make their return to the Champions League after a year away

BT Sport pundit and ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has backed Chelsea for Champions League success.

Ferdinand says that he expects Chelsea to do the best in Europe out of the five English teams involved in the competition.

Liverpool were the only English side who did not win their opening group game, as Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all secured wins.

Chelsea boasted the biggest victory, beating Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge, equalling their best ever Champions League result.

Pedro, Davide Zappacosta, Michy Basthuayi, Cesar Azpilicueta and Tiemoue Bakayako all scored for the Blues, with an own goal rounding off the scoring.

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Rio Ferdinand has backed Chelsea to do best in the Champions League from England. But Ferdinand thinks the Premier League champions are best equipped to achieve success .

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Speaking on BT Sport, as quoted by The Evening Standard, Ferdinand said this:

“I think they are a very well balanced team. I think the manager (Antonio Conte) works hard, he drills them daily on tactics.”

“They have an understanding of each other as individuals but also as a team.”

“In that sense I think Chelsea are our best hope as an English team.”

“A lot of the other teams you can see deficiencies in the squad.”

Chelsea are the last English team to have won the Champions League. They beat Bayern Munich on penalties in 2012, and went on to win the Europa League the season after.

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Rio Ferdinand launches professional boxing career .
After retiring from football two years ago, Rio Ferdinand will launch a professional boxing career. The news was announced on Tuesday and will be backed by betting company Betfair. Speaking at a press conference, Ferdinand is looking to be successful in the sport of boxing. “I’m doing this because it’s a challenge,” “I’ve won titles and now I’m aiming for a belt.” Ferdinand has posted videos of himself boxing with personal trainer Mel Deane and will be coached by former world champion and Team GB coach Richie Woodhall. Betfair approached Ferdinand about the switch and will help him qualify for his licence from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) before he begins training. BBBC general secretary Robert Smith was surprised by the career move, but, an application for a licence has not been received. “I was completely surprised,” “We don’t have an application, so there’s nothing to consider. Nor have we had any conversation with anybody regarding this.

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