Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus are way ahead of Premier League clubs but he insists Chelsea are the closest English club to the best in Europe.
“All our English teams are way off this standard,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus. There’s a lot of money that’s come into the English game, but all the English teams seem to be in a transition. New managers, new teams.
“Chelsea are the nearest, they have a real settled team and their first XI is a real, genuine first XI. I think Jose Mourinho is still searching for his first XI, he’s still not sure of a few players. This summer will be huge for them.”
Steve McManaman who was also in the studio with Ferdinand highlighted his comments on “transition”.
“I just feel like the English teams are in transition all the time,” McManaman told BT Sport.
“This is Real Madrid’s seventh consecutive semi-final. It’s no surprise that Madrid, Bayern, Barcelona, Juve, they’re getting to the latter stages every single year.
“They change a few little nuances every year. In England it’s “Oh we’ve had a bad season, let’s rip it up and start again.”
“We seem to be chasing all the time. We need a little bit of patience with the managers, we need to keep all of our better players.
“The better players never leave here, or at Juve. When we get a star man in the Premier League – Chelsea and Eden Hazard, it’s “Real Madrid want him. ” Coutinho, oh “Barcelona want him”. They’re looking over their shoulders all the time.”