Southampton defender Cedric Soares has stated that Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial are two of the toughest opponents he has come up against in his career, as per The Daily Mail.
The Portugal international moved to the south coast club over the summer and has fitted into Ronald Koeman’s team following the departure of Nathaniel Clyne, who switched to Liverpool in pre-season.
Soares stated that he is adjusting to life in the Premier League well and has been speaking out about some of the players that he has found as tough opponents.
As well as Portugal international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, the defender selected Swansea’s Jefferson Montero and compatriot Ricardo Quaresma as trying opposite numbers.
He stated that Chelsea’s Hazard was a handful when playing the Blues in the Champions League last term and that Martial was difficult to contain.
“He (Hazard) was in a perfect moment when we played in the Champions League last season. Chelsea beat us 1-0 in Lisbon,” Soares told The Daily Mail.
“Martial played against me for France. They were 4-4-2 with a diamond so I wasn’t a target one-against one, but he was difficult.”
Soares has started 11 Premier League games for the Saints this season and is line to feature for his team as they face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
The 24-year-old has looked assured without setting the world alight so far, and is another example of Southampton’s stellar recruitment and scouting network.