By Tom Farmery For Mailonline
Published: 22:13 BST, 7 April 2020 | Updated: 23:08 BST, 7 April 2020
Rio Ferdinand has revealed how all-English Champions League ties were always the most pressurised matches he played in club football.
Ferdinand won the Champions League once with Manchester United in 2008 when they beat Chelsea in Moscow.
During a Q&A on BT Sport with presenter Jake Humphrey on Tuesday night, the former England defender said there was always more at stake between English sides than there was when playing teams such as Barcelona or Juventus.
Rio Ferdinand said he always felt more pressure facing English sides in the Champions League
Ferdinand was part of the Manchester United that beat Chelsea in the 2008 final in Moscow
Asked whether it was more difficult to face teams that United would play in the Premier League in Europe, Ferdinand said: 'That added pressure to me definitely because I was playing against friends, international friends, friends I'd grown up with. It made it a much higher pressurised situation because so much more was at stake if it could have been.
'It was tough, it was really tough because at the end of the day again there was so many bragging rights to be had between us.