Chelsea are England’s best hope of winning the Champions League this season, according to Rio Ferdinand.

Antonio Conte’s side kick-started their Champions League campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag on Tuesday, the same night that Manchester United beat Basel 3-0 at Old Trafford.

A day later, Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at Wembley while Liverpool wasted the chance to beat Sevilla, being held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield, as Manchester City secured a 4-0 away victory against Feyenoord. 

Following those results, Ferdinand believes that Chelsea will go the furthest out of the English teams in this season’s Champions League because of how well they understand one another despite their weakness seemingly being their lack in squad depth.

Speaking on BT Sport, the former Manchester United defender said: “Maybe their strength in depth is their only Achilles heel that I find in their team.

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“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.”