Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o has made the unexpected claim that Crystal Palace are his hardest opponent.

It's a bizarre statement to make, given that the Cameroonian international has never actually faced the Eagles during his distinguished career.

However, that could change this weekend, when the Blues make the trip to Selhurst Park to face Tony Pulis' side. And, that's the reason why he's put the Premier League strugglers at the top of his pile.

"Crystal Palace (is the hardest opponent)," he told the official Chelsea website.

"Why? Because it's the next game."

It's a philosophy which has clearly served the player well during his career, having won domestic titles across Europe and three of Champions League's for good measure.

He'll be hoping to add to his collection at Chelsea, and with Jose Mourinho's side well in the title race, there is every chance that the 33-year-old could be celebrating in May.

Eto'o joined the Blues in the summer, and has scored 11 goals in 31 appearances thus far. Eight of those have come in the league, with each of those particular strikes at Stamford Bridge.

That's helped make him a firm favourite with the Chelsea fans, and he's come along way since his debut for the club - which he recalls with a few regrets in front of goal.

"My first game for Chelsea was against Everton and there were a lot of emotions on my part. It was a shame because I had a lot of opportunities and I did not score, but I also created some chances which was good," he added.

After the clash against Palace, the next hardest opponent for Eto'o will be Paris Saint-Germain and Stoke City.

He'll be hoping to keep Chelsea in Champions League contention in France, before focusing his mind back onto the Premier League once again.

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