Chelsea captain John Terry has hailed the summer arrival of Radamel Falcao to Stamford Bridge after revealing the former Manchester United striker was the "best player" he faced during the season 2014-2015 campaign alongside Tottenham's new hero Harry Kane.
The Colombian international striker was under big scrutiny last season at Old Trafford after scoring just four times for Louis van Gaal's side during the whole campaign.
The Dutch boss indeed opted against making his move permanent from Monaco but Jose Mourinho decided instead to give the 29-year-old a new chance to prove his worth in the Premier League by securing his services on loan until the end of the next campaign.
The Portuguese boss then revealed that both club captain and Gary Cahill encouraged him to take the gamble with the Colombian international after Didier Drogba left a gap in the Blues attack.
"I spoke with John Terry and Gary Cahill a lot about him. And we think the bright movement is there, the movement to get freedom in the box to score goals is there. Our players had difficulty to control him all the time and we feel the potential is there," Mourinho said after confirming the signing of Falcao.
Terry has now confirmed Mourinho's quotes after revealing that, despite his goal draught at Old Trafford, the former Atletico Madrid star was eventually the best rival he came up against last season in par with Kane – who netted 31 goals for Spurs in all competitions.
"For me, Falcao and Tottenham's Harry Kane were the best players I came up against last season. So we are delighted to have Radamel here now because he's a top, top player," Terry said as quoted by Sky Sports.
"I could tell pretty much straightaway how good he was and how difficult he was to mark. Literally after two minutes he was backing in. He did the same to Gary Cahill. We had a little tussle on the floor 10 to 15 minutes later.
"He was up for it, was hungry, his movement and first touch were both excellent. You get that feeling as well. You can tell after a couple of minutes − it's 'I'll give a bit and he'll give a bit.' I just thought he was up for it that day and Gary felt the same."