Thomas Tuchel’s side are away to Real Madrid on Tuesday night, while Pep Guardiola’s City travel to face Paris-Saint Germain on Wednesday in the initial legs of the last-four conflicts.
Be that as it may, Ferdinand doesn’t think there will be an all-Premier League last in Istanbul on May 29 – as he anticipated PSG will win the current year’s opposition.
The former Manchester United defender trusts Mauricio Pochettino’s side can up the ante than last season after Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Co lost to Bayern Munich in the last.
“I think Paris Saint-Germain will win it,’ he predicted on his Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE YouTube channel.
“They have the experience of last season, two strikers, the business end of the season they know what it’s about now”
PSG are currently trailing leaders Lille in Ligue 1, but Ferdinand believes breaking their Champions League duck is the big prize for the French club this season after Pochettino replaced Tuchel in the Parc des Princes hotseat in January.
“I don’t think they’ll care [if he doesn’t win the league]. If he wins the Champions League then he’s outdone everyone because that’s what they are here for.
“Don’t forget, he’s only come in halfway through the season. His fingerprints ain’t all over that league.”
Ferdinand believes Pochettino will attain legendary significance at PSG if he wins the Champions League – although he acknowledged he could be wrong.
“He might get treated like Roberto Di Matteo: win the Champions League and then gets told to do one,” Ferdinand said. “You never know, we’ll see.
“But my guess is that if he wins the Champions League they’re giving him a statue outside that place almost.”