Drogba's boss: Eden Hazard will hurt us, but...

Jedvaj Hazard Strootman

Chelsea ace will not be singled out by Ivory Coast during their friendly against Belgium.

Who says international friendlies are dull? Forget England for a moment, there are some superb fixtures this midweek.

Germany take on an exciting Chile side, France face Holland, and Spain take on Italy.

Mouth-watering fixtures, and there's another one too - of two potential dark horses for the World Cup in Brazil when Ivory Coast tackle Belgium.

Belgium are coming off a disappointing 2-0 loss to Colombia in their last fixture and will be keen to prove a point. Ivory Coast meanwhile need confidence heading into the tournament after two successive group stage exits.

It will be Didier Drogba's last World Cup, and he will take on Eden Hazard of Chelsea for the second time in a week having faced the Chelsea man with Galatasaray seven days earlier.

Ivory Coast boss Sabri Lamouchi is well aware of the threat Hazard will pose, but insists the in-form Premier League star will not be singled out for special treatment.

Lamouchi told Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade: "We are very pleased that we play against Belgium. Everyone knows that they have a good team

"That's right, he's in great shape. But we're not going to guard him with two men. Everyone knows him and he will hurt us. Therefore, this match is just a good test."

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure also told reporters he was preparing for a tough game against two of the league's top centre-forwards.

Toure: "I have great respect for your attackers Benteke and Lukaku. Lukaku is a winner. He is physically strong, fast and has a winning mentality.

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