Chelsea starlet Kevin de Bruyne has admitted that his side face a stern examination of their credentials against Bayern Munich this evening, but backed the Blues to perform under pressure.
Jose Mourinho resumes hostilities with former foe Pep Guardiola tonight when Chelsea meet Bayern in the Uefa Super Cup, the traditional curtain raiser to the new European football season.
De Bruyne has quickly established himself as a firm part of Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge, starting two of their first three Premier League games to help Chelsea make an unbeaten start to the campaign.
The 22-year-old faced Bayern twice last season during a loan spell in the Bundesliga at Werder Bremen, admitting that from first-hand experience he knows Chelsea will need to be at their best to earn a positive result against the Champions League holders.
Ahead of tonight's clash De Bruyne has insisted that Chelsea have a star-studded squad that thrive on the challenge of performing against the best, but will need to be patient against a Bayern side built to control a match by dominating possession in the final third.
He told the club's official website: "Of course we are looking forward to the game, and we will do everything we can in order to win it. That's why we want to play football, to be involved in the big matches, so let's see what happens.
"They are just a good all-round team, they have everything. I think the style will be very similar. They like to retain the ball and keep possession, which is what they did last season. They already have their own style of play and I think it will be the same."
De Bruyne was on target the last time he faced Bayern during his spell with Bremen but finished on the losing side, registering a 6-1 consolation as Bayern continued their march towards a treble in February.
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