Kolo Toure believes the European experience within the Ivory Coast squad stands them in good stead ahead of the World Cup finals.
The African nation have been handed a tough draw at this summer's event, with Portugal, Brazil and North Korea joining them in Group G.
Their preparations have also been hampered by a broken arm to talismanic striker Didier Drogba, whose involvement in the tournament remains uncertain.
Toure, though, is confident that Sven-Goran Eriksson's side are ready for the challenges that lie ahead as every member of the Elephants squad has played club football at the top level.
"We've got a talented squad, we're well prepared and we will work very hard, but we know it's going to be tough against Brazil and Portugal especially," said the Manchester City defender.
"Of course I and my team-mates have played against many of their players in European club competitions so we know what to expect.
"North Korea are much less familiar. If we can get through to the second round who knows?"