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De Bruyne plots Chelsea downfall

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Belgian starlet Kevin de Bruyne is hoping to help Racing Genk cause a Champions League upset against Chelsea tomorrow night.

Last season's Pro League winners suffered a 5-0 humbling at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, but managed to change their fortunes at Club Brugge over the weekend with a 5-4 victory at the Jan Breydel Stadium.

Whilst the 20-year-old attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Blues, with Andre Villas-Boas confirming his interest in the player, De Bruyne insists he's focused on trying to cause a shock when the Barclays Premier League giants arrive in Belgium.

"I will think about only doing my best for Genk. My 'relationship' with Chelsea is not important. Nothing is signed yet, we will see," he said.

"We gained a lot of confidence in the Bruges game and I scored three times. But we won as a team and we have to take on Chelsea as a team. What have we got to lose? Playing against this type of world-class team is a player's dream."

Manager Mario Been echoed the sentiments of his starlet, insisting his side will adopt a different philosophy to the first leg in west London.

Been expects his side to be much more attacking, and with the backing of the club's loyal supporters, he's adamant anything is possible for the competition minnows.

"We showed way too much respect for our opponents. We played backward instead of forward. At home, in front of a capacity crowd we will have our chances, I'm sure," said the boss.

"The only thing we have to do is to cash in on at least one of them. And we do have the quality to do that.

"We take with us the excellent feeling of our victory over Bruges last Saturday. That is very important.

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