Chelsea are Champions League favourites research shows

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Chelsea are favourites to win the Champions League of teams from the Premier League this season - according to Bloomberg sports anyway.

Their research shows the Blues have around a 12% chance of winning the trophy for the second time in four years, while they have a 70% chance of winning their group, which they get underway against Schalke on Wednesday.

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That makes them the most likely of all the Premier League teams in this season's competition to be victorious come May. Manchester City trail behind them with Liverpool and Arsenal further back.

Overall Real Madrid are favourites to win the tournament with a 19% chance of success based on Bloomberg's statistics, with Bayern Munich and Barcelona behind. Chelsea are 4th favourites overall.

War of words

Rio Ferdinand has re-opened his war of words with John Terry - accusing the Chelsea defender of being an idiot after he was accused of racially abusing his brother Anton in 2011.

The tension between Ferdinand and Terry dates back to the incident involving Anton while he was with QPR. The pair clashed on the pitch, at which time the Chelsea defender was accused of using a racial slur towards him. He was cleared of any criminal charges but was banned by the FA.

Ferdinand, whose book is being serialised in the Sun, also revealed that his former England partner has never apologised over the incident, and said his mother was the target of abuse from Chelsea fans over the incident.

“For me, the biggest idiot will always be John Terry,” he said. “As England captain and my centre-back partner he could have saved a lot of pain by admitting immediately he had used the words in the heat of the moment, but was no racist.

“I think that’s probably what happened and what the truth is. Anton and I would’ve accepted that – instead he never gave us the chance.

“I’ve never spoken to John about the case. I no longer talk to him, but even three years later I find it impossible to forgive or forget the pain he put my family through.”

High praise

Jose Mourinho believes Diego Costa is 'special' after the striker hit a hat-trick against Swansea to keep the Blues at the top of the table. The £32 million summer signing has now scored seven goals in his first four games.

What made his performance even more impressive was that he was a doubt before the game having returned from international duty with an injury.

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