Blackpool boss Ian Holloway believes his current Seasiders team could hold their own against last year's Premier League side.
The Tangerines defied all expectations in the top-flight last term, coming within half-an-hour of a final-day victory over champions Manchester United that would have secured their survival.
An eventual 4-2 loss at Old Trafford condemned Blackpool to an immediate return to the Championship, and Holloway looked on as key players including Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and David Vaughan left during a summer of upheaval.
However, his rebuilt and rejuvenated squad have stormed into the automatic promotion picture in recent weeks, winning five and drawing two of their last seven league games.
"It's a nice feeling at the moment," said Holloway ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fifth round trip to Everton.
"We had enough bad feelings last year with how it all ended. It's nice to be feeling a bit more upbeat and positive about ourselves again.
"I honestly couldn't tell you what my best team is at the moment because everybody's playing so well.
"I did lose arguably my best team last summer, the better ones got stolen, but I had a fantastic group.
"I've added some other ones to it and I couldn't tell you if last year's team played this year's team who would win, so that's good news for us."
In attack, Holloway has amassed a plethora of impressive options. Lomana LuaLua was rescued from the obscurity of Cypriot football to spearhead a fluid, pacy forward line featuring highly-rated winger Matt Phillips, who will hope to shake off a hamstring injury and add to 10 goals in his last 11 appearances in the last-16 tie.
Evergreen striker Kevin Phillips joined in the close season and continues to make vital contributions from the substitutes' bench, while Gary Taylor-Fletcher, a veteran of eight clubs and last season's Premier League campaign, was Blackpool's midweek hero with a brace in the 3-1 triumph at Doncaster
As such, Holloway leaves little doubt over his intended approach on Merseyside.
Have a go
"We can't do anything else other than have a go," he said. "They've just beaten Chelsea at home 2-0, so we know the enormity of the task.
"It's not just about the result. I want a decent performance that we can take away and say 'Look, that's what we did at Everton'.
"It's about us understanding our way of playing, keeping it going and improving all the time."
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