The Blues got their Champions League defence off to a winning start against Zenit St Petersburg following their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

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The former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Chelsea have a big advantage over their rivals with the “supreme confidence” that has been instilled under Thomas Tuchel.

Ferdinand said: “Chelsea are answering questions at every single point” with Tuchel having made them seriously difficult to beat – which led to their Champions League triumph in May.

“They’re a big strong team and they have the know-how now,” said Ferdinand on BT Sport. “The experience of winning the Champions League gives you a supreme confidence.

Rio Ferdinand, speaking on BT Sport, said Chelsea are handling every situation that’s thrown at them (Image: BT Sport)

“When you watch every single situation, they can go a goal down, down to 10 men – like they did at Anfield – go a goal up and see a game out.

“They deal with every situation that’s coming round the corner now.

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