Tottenham star's response when asked to name toughest opponent; they played together in Spain

Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld in action with Bournemouth's Joshua King

The Tottenham Hotspur defender will be in for a tough challenge when his side take on Chelsea in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Tottenham's Toby AlderweireldTottenham's Toby Alderweireld

Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld sat down for an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard, and offered high praise for Blues striker Diego Costa, ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup semi final clash between the two sides.

The 28-year-old Belgian has been an absolute rock at the back for Tottenham this season, forming a formidable central defensive partnership with Jan Vertonghen, and helping his side to the best defensive record in the division.

He will have his work cut-out tomorrow, however, when he will come face to face with one of the Premier League's most dangerous forwards.

Alderweireld spoke to the Evening Standard before tomorrow's hugely important semi final tie against Chelsea, and responded to a question asking him which striker has been his toughest opponent throughout his career:

Chelsea's Diego CostaChelsea's Diego Costa

"Was he (Costa) the toughest forward I marked? Yes, he’s a winner. He is talented, strong, clinical in front of goal and he has a good technique. He is one of the best in the world."

The pair spent a season playing together in La Liga with Atletico Madrid, before the striker made the move to West London in the summer of 2014.

So Alderweireld knows what it's like to work with the powerful hitman, as well as play against him.

Costa, 28, has been in good form for Antonio Conte's side this season, scoring 17 goals in 30 Premier League outings, and if Chelsea are to go on and achieve success in both the league and the cup, the Spain international will surely have a pivotal role to play.

Chelsea's Diego CostaChelsea's Diego Costa

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