David Luiz is bracing himself for a one-sided Club World Cup final against his boyhood idols on Sunday - but only in the stands.
Chelsea go into this weekend's clash with Corinthians as firm favourites to add a first world title to their maiden European crown after cruising through their semi-final against Monterrey .
Sunday's opponents, meanwhile, made worryingly hard work of beating Al-Ahly in their own semi 24 hours earlier .
The South American champions will walk out at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama this weekend boosted by the backing of up to 30,000 of Luiz's fellow supporters, the kind of diehard following of which his current club can only dream.
But the Chelsea star had no fears about any mismatch in the stands, insisting anything was better than the ghostly atmosphere that permeated Friday's game in a half-empty ground.
"It will be nice," said Luiz, who interim manager Rafael Benitez must decide whether to keep in midfield or move back into defence on Sunday.