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Rio Ferdinand tips Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory

Rio Ferdinand tips PSG for Champions League glory
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Former Manchester United defender and Champions League winner Rio Ferdinand predicts that Paris Saint-Germain will win this year's competition.

Rio Ferdinand has predicted that Paris Saint-Germain will win this year's Champions League ahead of this week's semi-final first legs.

PSG are aiming to go one better than last year, when they lost 1-0 against Bayern Munich in the final through a goal from former player Kingsley Coman, in order to lift the trophy for the very first time.

Mauricio Pochettino's side beat last year's champions on away goals in the quarter-final, to set up Wednesday's first-leg clash against Manchester City.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has predicted on his YouTube channel, Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE: "I think Paris Saint-Germain will win it, they have the experience of last season, two strikers, the business end of the season they know what it's about now.

"They've been here together, they're not fazed and I think they'll have the experience. Pochettino comes up smelling of roses after a turbulent couple of years. But my guess is that if he wins the Champions League they're giving him a statue outside that place almost."

PSG will have to not only overcome Manchester City but also be victorious in the final against either Chelsea or Real Madrid.

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ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

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· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
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