Chelsea captain John Terry has admitted the Community Shield match against Arsenal on Sunday 2 July is going to "have a little bit more spice" than a normal London derby due to the presence of Petr Cech playing for the Gunners.
The Czech Republic international is expected to make his competitive debut for Arsene Wenger's side at Wembley after leaving Stamford Bridge to join the Gunners. Cech lost his position between the sticks to Thibaut Courtois after manager Jose Mourinho brought the young 'keeper back to the club following his loan deal at Atletico Madrid.
Just before the Chelsea legend made the move to the north London club, Terry warned the 'keeper "will save Arsenal 12 to 15 points a season" should the Blues let him go to the Emirates Stadium.
And speaking ahead of the game, the Chelsea captain has admitted he is looking forward to the first competitive match of the campaign, while using it to forget the pre-season defeat against New York Red Bulls, and reuniting with his former teammate.
"It's all about winning the trophy, it's as simple as that, it's against our big London rivals, Petr Cech's gone there as well, it's going to have a little bit more spice to it," Terry said to the Men in Blazers podcast.
"For me even speaking about the Red Bulls game [which Chelsea lost 4-2] has got me fired up a little bit. I hate losing. Everyone in the squad's the same, so ideally we want to take fitness from the games and prepare ourselves right but, at the end of the day, when there's trophies on the line we want to go and win it."
Cech, meanwhile, had previously warned his former teammates there will be "no friends" in the game despite admitting it will be an emotive game for him. "It'll be an unknown feeling for me to play against Chelsea. Once I am on the pitch I want to win, I want the best for my teammates, my club and the fans," he said, as quoted by Standard Sport. "For those 90 minutes there are no friends."