Blackpool defender Ian Evatt has described playing against Didier Drogba as one of the toughest tests of his career.
The pair faced each other in Chelsea's 4-0 mauling of the Seasiders at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with the Ivory Coast international in typically menacing form.
The 31-year-old has had a brilliant start to the season, scoring five goals in his first five games and creating a host of chances for his team-mates.
Evatt admitted to being "tossed like a rag doll" by the powerful 32-year-old during the game, and rates him firmly as one of the best strikers in the world.
"Drogba was just something totally different," Evatt told the Blackpool Gazette..
"I am used to playing against strong players but you don't realise just how strong this guy is until you face him.
"At one stage in the second half, I put my whole bodyweight in front of him and he just tossed me away like I was a rag doll.
"I was thinking, 'hell, this guy's strong', but that's what he is about. He is a clever player and he isn't one of the top three strikers in the world for no reason. I think on Sunday he showed me why."