Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has named Chelsea as his surprise pick to win next season’s Premier League title – ahead of his former club. Ferdinand also expects Timo Werner to have a key say if his prediction comes true.
The Blues have been one of the most in-form teams in the division since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January.
Chelsea have won 10 league matches since the German was appointed. Their shock 5-2 defeat against West Brom has been their only Premier League loss under the 47-year-old.
They also defeated champions-elect Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, where they will face Leicester City in the final on May 15.
“Since Tuchel has come in, they are top of almost every category: goals conceded, chances created.
“What he’s done going in there, you can do nothing but give him applause man. It’s unbelievable.”
Ferdinand has also backed Chelsea striker Timo Werner to rekindle his scoring touch after suffering a difficult first year in English football.
But Ferdinand believes he has seen enough to convince him that Werner will recover his form.
“Werner will bang. Werner will bang next year,” Ferdinand added.
“It’s his first year in the country. People are forgetting he’s settling in – during a pandemic by the way. This isn’t the easiest settling-in period.
“He’s just come in, he’s still got over 10 goals, he’s still got over 10 assists by the way. The most goal involvements at the club.”