Date: 29th December 2016 at 1:20pm
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By Dominic Toner

Chelsea’s Pedro has claimed that Tottenham defender Danny Rose has surprised him by being the toughest opponent he has faced in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old has established himself as a crucial player for Spurs and helped his side record a convincing 4-1 away victory against Southampton on Wednesday night.

He has become the first-choice left-back ahead of Ben Davies for Spurs and is considered to be one of the best full-backs in the division.

Pedro is enjoying a fine season himself for the Blues, scoring four goals and supplying six assists in 19 appearances.

The ex-Barcelona star has faced a number of talented individual during his time in the Premier League, but identified Spurs’ high energy defender Rose as the most difficult to play against.

The Chelsea attacker explained in an interview that he highly rates Rose and claimed he has been his toughest opponent, as cited by Telegraph correspondent Matt Law’s Twitter account.

Rose has become a well accomplished defender in recent seasons and is also a real threat going forward.

The England international has already scored two goals and supplied four assists this season in 16 appearances and is a constant threat down the left flank.

He is mirrored by team-mate Kyle Walker at right-back and the pair bring huge energy to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Pedro and Rose will get the opportunity to line-up directly against each other on 4 January as Spurs host Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

In other Tottenham news, Rafael van der Vaart has posted a Twitter challenge to the club’s midfielders.