Rio Ferdinand changes his mind on the Premier League title race and names ‘seriously impressive’ Manchester City as his new favourites…. after backing Chelsea before the season kicked-off
- Rio Ferdinand had tipped Chelsea to claim the title at the start of the season
- Ferdinand now backs ‘seriously impressive’ Manchester City to retain crown
- Pundit lauds way City ‘dominated’ rivals Chelsea and Liverpool in recent games
- Ferdinand insists Pep Guardiola’s ‘formidable’ side are ‘the team to beat’
Rio Ferdinand has declared Manchester City his new favourites for the Premier League title after originally backing Chelsea to claim the crown this season.
The former Manchester United defender admits he has been greatly impressed by the way Pep Guardiola’s side ‘dominated’ title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool away in their last two League games – winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge and then drawing 2-2 at Anfield on Sunday.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea hold top spot after banking a late win over Southampton on Saturday, with Liverpool second, but Ferdinand insists City, one point back in third, have proved they will again be the team to beat at the end of the campaign.
Rio Ferdinand now backs ‘seriously impressive’ Manchester City for the Premier League title
‘It ebbs and flows man!’ the former Manchester United and England defender told his FIVE YouTube channel.
‘In the first four of five games of the season, I was sitting there and thinking Chelsea are the team to beat.
‘Three of four games later and I’m thinking Man City are the team to beat. They have looked seriously impressive against the big teams.
Manchester City secured a battling draw with title rivals Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday
‘They dominated Chelsea away [last weekend], they dominated Liverpool in the first half [on Sunday] and should have seen the game off.
‘They might be a bit disappointed with a 2-2 draw but they look the most impressive to me. They look formidable at times.
‘There’s no doubt they’re going to dominate 99 per cent of their games but it’s just about the finishing.’
Ferdinand originally tipped Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea to win the title at the start of the season
Ferdinand added: ‘When they get over that element and get that right, I think they are the team to beat.
‘Manchester City have got the experience and the class and the players. They seem to be head and shoulders above everyone else tactically.’
City return to action against Burnley at the Etihad after the international break, while Chelsea face a London derby with Brentford and Liverpool take on Watford away.