Brighton defender Lewis Dunk is a longtime Chelsea fan and supported the West London club as a child, and his family also supports the Blues.

But the 26-year-old will be up against his childhood club and has insisted there will be no split loyalties at Stamford Bridge today.

Dunk said: “They’ll be up there supporting me and I think they’ll be in the blue and white stripes, not the blue of Chelsea.

“And the dog will probably be listening on the radio!

“My family dog’s named after Drogba. That was down to the whole family, probably my brother more than me. But of course I’m a big Drogba fan.

“He’s cocker-spaniel cross poodle though, so it doesn’t really suit Drogba!

“This will be the first time I’ve played properly at Stamford Bridge. I’ve played as a kid across half the pitch so it’s a bit different from then.

“That was for Wimbledon back in the day when I was about six and I can’t really remember it. But this will be the first time properly.

He added: “I became a Chelsea fan because of John Terry really.

“Growing up as a central defender, I just enjoyed watching him play, learning how he played and seeing how he played. And that was the only reason really.

“Obviously everyone is an individual but I enjoyed watching him putting his body on the line and I’d like to think I do that.

“This was the game I was looking forward to, but when that day comes I’m not a Chelsea fan. I’ll go on the pitch and I want to win. It doesn’t matter if I’m a Chelsea fan or not, I want to win on that day.”

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Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.