Which Premier League team will go the furthest in the Champions League?

Well, Rio Ferdinand has weighed in by offering his prediction.

The first round of group stage games of the 2017/18 Champions League campaign is in the books.

We've witnessed Chelsea, Spurs, Manchester City & United as well as Liverpool.

Four of the five Premier League representatives kicked-off their European excursion with a victory.

Only Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool failed to secure three points on the opening week following their 2-2 draw against La Liga opposition Sevilla.

Klopp as animated as ever. Image: PA

Though United, City not to mention Spurs all picked up a win to boost their chances of advancing to the knockout stages.

But Chelsea's 6-0 thrashing of European minnows Qarabag has clearly impressed Ferdinand who believes they have the best chance to go all the way out of the English contingent.

"They are a very well balanced team," Ferdinand said on BT Sports via Metro.

Chelsea players celebrate scoring a goal. Image: PA

Chelsea return to the Champions League as English champions following Antonio Conte's brilliant debut season in the Premier League.

And it's the Italian's tactics which stands them in good stead.

"The manager works hard and from what you hear from within the camp, he drills them daily on tactics and they have an understanding of each other as individuals and as a team.

"In that sense, they are our best hope, as an English team," the 2008 Champions League winner added.

Conte barks out instructions from the touchline. Image: PA

Just like Chelsea, United also return to Europe's elite competition after a season in the Europa League.

Though Jose Mourinho masterminded a victory in Europe's second tier, gaining qualification to land them a spot amongst the big boys.

Can Jose Mourinho win the Champions League with his third different team? Image: PA

The former Manchester United defender still thinks Jose's side lack in the defensive apartment.

"With the other teams, you can see deficiencies. Man United, defensively, could come unstuck against the top teams. Man City, the same.

"Attacking, they're both fantastic, but Chelsea are very well-rounded," he added.

Do you agree with Ferdinand's call? Sound off in the comment section below.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a writer at SPORTbible. He is a combat sport aficionado and contributes to boxing and MMA articles.

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