The Colombian completed a loan move to the club from Monaco earlier this summer and has been endorsed by the England international, who was given a torrid time last season
Gary Cahill has praised Chelsea’s decision to sign Radamel Falcao and believes he is still a top player after enduring a torrid time against the striker at Stamford Bridge last season.
The Colombia international started for Manchester United during last season’s clash with the Blues at Stamford Bridge, a 1-0 defeat for Louis van Gaal’s side.
Though he could not find the net, Cahill revealed he was never allowed a moment’s peace by Falcao, and hopes to see the 29-year-old reclaim his form in west London.
“I just remember he was non-stop. He was always pulling you left to right, coming short and running in behind,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“Even when he wasn’t getting a lot of the ball, off the ball I was having to do a lot of running, chasing him and he was moving me around every two minutes.
“He made that game tough and there was a lot of movement people didn’t see because the ball was elsewhere. I had to always be on my toes.
“Of course his time at Man United didn’t go as well as he hoped. His experience there was obviously a bad one, so obviously everyone is going to be speaking about that.”
Jose Mourinho revealed on Monday that Cahill and John Terry had endorsed Falcao’s signing, with the striker taking a pay cut in order to prove his critics wrong at Stamford Bridge.
“I can only speak about when I played against him, what he did even before he came to Manchester United and he’s a top player. He is an experienced player that has scored many, many goals,” Cahill continued.
“I’m sure he’s got things he wants to prove. When you have a fire in your belly and have things to prove to people, generally you come out on top. I hope he will for us.”
Falcao has enjoyed playing against Chelsea in the past, scoring a superb hat-trick for Atletico Madrid in their 4-1 win over the Blues in the Uefa Super Cup in 2012, and Cahill has little doubt that he will become a feared striker once more.
“We got well and truly beaten in that game and he was fantastic,” Cahill added. “When he settles in with the great squad we have now, I’m sure he will be fine.”