Rio Ferdinand reveals the Premier League team to beat in the Champions League this season

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17 вересня 2019 19:40

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Rio Ferdinand thinks Liverpool at the team to beat in the Champions League this season.Manchester City are the bookmakers’ favourites to lift the trophy in May, but the former United ace doesn’t expect Pep Guardiola to win the competition.While they were his early favourites, the club’s injury problems have meant Ferdinand is backing Liverpool to retain the trophy.Liverpool can beat any team when they’re at their very best, he said, ahead of the Reds’ clash against Napoli.

“City were my favourites at the beginning of the season, and they’re the favourites with the bookies,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.“But I think Liverpool are the team to beat, for what they’ve done last year.“On any given day, they’ll beat anyone. Juventus have got a deep squad, but English teams are in a cycle of where I think we’ve been performing well.“This season, as a group, I don’t think it’ll be as dominant [for English clubs] as it was last year.”

Liverpool start the defence of their Champions League title with a trip to Napoli.The Reds lost in Naples in last season’s group stages, in a 1-0 defeat.They haven’t beaten Napoli away in their past three visits, although they did win the return leg last year.Meanwhile, City face a big problem in the Champions League with their injury woes, Ferdinand added.

When asked if he thought Premier League clubs would dominate the Champions League this season, Ferdinand said: “I did before this weekend, with the Man City debacle at the weekend.“John Stones is out for five weeks now, so that’s a big problem for them now - not replacing Laporte and Vincent Kompany.”City start their Champions League campaign against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Their Premier League rivals Chelsea and Tottenham, meanwhile, begin their European exploits against Valencia and Olympiakos respectively.

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