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Nemanja Vidic Names His Toughest Opponent

Nemanja Vidic Names His Toughest Opponent

Despite being one of the finest defenders to ever grace the Premier League, Nemanja Vidic's reputation is often tainted by memories of Fernando Torres giving him the runaround during Manchester United's duels with Liverpool, before Torres signed for Chelsea and forgot how to score. However, the Serb doesn't believe the Spaniard was his toughest ever opponent.

Vidic was memorably sent off during Liverpool's 4-1 mauling of United at Old Trafford in the 2008/09 season, as he slipped and dragged Torres to the ground, with the former Atleti hitman clean through on goal. Vidic believes this game is the only time he struggled against his Spanish opponent, rather than the numerous times rival fans constantly bring up.

Vidic Torres
Vidic Torres

Instead, the former United captain, who won five Premier League titles, a Champions League and three League Cups during his eight year stay in England. believes Didier Drogba provided him with his most strenuous challenges, while Sergio Aguero and Luis Suarez were the best players he played against.

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In the interview, in this month's issue of FourFourTwo, the former United and Serbia captain explained:

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"People say: 'You had a difficult game against Torres', but it was just the one game. I went to head the ball but changed my mind and tried to pass to Edwin [van der Sar]. I misjudged the distance and Torres scored.

"Drogba was tougher. Torres always created a chance to score, but Drogba was on you for the full game. Drogba was physically the hardest; [Luis] Suarez and [Sergio] Aguero were the best."

And let's not forget, Drogba was the only striker brave enough to hit Vidic, getting himself sent off during the 2008 Champions League final for slapping the Serbian centre half in the face.

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Topics: Didier Drogba, Football, Manchester United, Nemanja Vidic, Premier League, Fernando Torres

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