John Terry expects Radamel Falcao to prove his critics wrong after claiming the Colombian striker was his toughest opponent last season.
The 29-year-old, who joined Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco after scoring just four goals in 29 games at Manchester United last season, is expected to make his Blues debut in the Community Shield against Arsenal on Sunday.
And Terry says his new team-mate is a class act who made life very difficult for him when Chelsea played United last season.
"I could tell pretty much straightaway how good he was and how difficult he was to mark," he said.
"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.
"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."