By Coral Barry

Rio Ferdinand cannot see Tottenham or Leicester doing much better in the Champions League than the other English clubs did this season.

Manchester City made it to the semi-finals of the competition, but were played off the pitch by a dominant Real Madrid, while Chelsea were knocked out by a superior Paris Saint-Germain side and Manchester United failed to make it out of their group.

Spurs and Leicester will both be appearing on Europe’s biggest stage next season, the Foxes for the first time in their history, but Ferdinand was dismissive about their chances.

“The only two consistent teams in the division this season were Leicester and Tottenham — and I can’t see them doing any better in the Champions League,” said Ferdinand speaking to the Sun.

“They simply do not have the quality of Europe’s best. Leicester have sat back this season and invited teams to come at them.

“If they do that in the Champions League they will more than likely get punished. The top strikers in that competition only need half a chance.”

Tottenham ended an excellent campaign in a baffling manner as they picked up two player FA bans for violent conduct and lost their final two Premier League games.

Spurs slipped to a third place finish on the last day of the season thanks to a 5-1 defeat to Newcastle, which meant that arch rivals Arsenal finished above them in second.

It was a sour end to a wonderful season for Tottenham, in which they remained serious title contenders until the final weeks of the campaign and boasted the most lethal striker and meanest back line in the league.

In other Tottenham news, Teddy Sheringham has named the Spurs player he expects to be the European Champions star player.