Rio Ferdinand delivers his honest verdict on Chelsea under Antonio Conte

Rio Ferdinand has been very impressed by what he's seen from Chelsea this season

Rio Ferdinand believes that Chelsea have the edge over some of their Premier League title rivals because of their lack of European football this season.

The west London side continued their fine form in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as they came from a goal down to beat Manchester City at The Etihad and keep their place at the top of the table.

Antonio Conte’s men have earned plenty of praise for their strong performances in recent weeks, with the west London side having won their last eight games on the spin in the top flight.

Chelsea have the added bonus of not having the distraction of European football this season after their disastrous 10th-placed finish last season.

And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand feels that the Blues are making that count as the season unfolds.

Speaking on BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight show, Ferdinand said: “Not playing in Europa has given them the edge. They’ve been able to work on the training field and get the ideas across.

“They’re going out there now and putting teams to the sword.”

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Conte was brought in as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor at Old Trafford over the summer.

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