Ferdinand Tips City To Fly English Clubs' Flag In UCL

Ferdinand Tips City To Fly English Clubs' Flag In UCL

Rio Ferdinand, former Manchester United skipper has revealed England’s best hope in the Champions League this season.

Speaking to BT Sport, Ferdinand tipped the blue army from the city of Manchester as the team to watch from England when the Champions league season kicks off.

According to the former Manchester United defender turned TV pundit, Manuel Pellegrini's men have a point to prove in Europe following last year's early exit.

City lost in the last 16 to Barcelona, and failed to even make it out of their group the previous season.

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Ferdinand Tips City To Fly English Clubs' Flag In UCL
Rio Ferdinand

However, following the teams storming start to the domestic campaign, Ferdinand believes the Premier League runners up last season has all it takes to go far this season.

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Ferdinand Tips City To Fly English Clubs' Flag In UCL
Manchester City, Premier league champions in 2013/2014 season

Ferdinand told BT Sport: "The way Man City have started the season they look like a team, not only as indivuals but collectively, with something to prove.

"In the Premier League they are doing it, it's whether they can transfer it to the Champions League. They haven't done it in recent reasons and that's a big question for them.

"It was their system that hurt them a lot of the time. You can't go into these games against the likes of Barcelona who have three of the best midfielders in the world in Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets and play two against them. It's impossible."

English sides used to dominate Europe's premier club competition, but none of them even made it to the quarter-finals last time out.

Reacting to the aforementioned fact, Ferdinand said: "It goes in cycles. There was a time when Manchester United and Chelsea were going deep into this tournament for a number of years and now it's gone to the Italian clubs. We haven't been good enough."

Draws for the group stage of the Champions League is currently ongoing as at the time this report was prepared.

Source: Legit.ng

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