Florent Malouda says Chelsea are ready to dispel any doubts about their title credentials by continuing their impressive form in back-to-back Premier League games against Manchester City and Arsenal.
After scoring 21 goals, and conceding just one, en route to securing five wins from five games, Chelsea have made their best ever start to a Premier League season.
While the nature of their victories over West Brom, Wigan, Stoke, West Ham and Blackpool has been emphatic, it has been suggested that the true test of their ability will come against stronger sides.
Chelsea travel to City in their next game before hosting Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on October 3, and Malouda expects Carlo Ancelotti's side to maintain their league dominance.
"People don't believe what we have done up until now has been that great because they say we have had easy games," Malouda said. "This will show we're ready for any kind of opposition.
"A lot of people see these two games as a test but we're ready. For us it could be our opportunity to prove that we're champions and we will defend our title at any price. Both will be tough opponents but we have confidence in ourselves and the way we are working.
"We're trying to improve on what we did last season. We didn't come back thinking we are champions so it will be easy. We know there is going to be pressure but we have experienced players who are ready to handle that. We're much better under pressure so now we just have to stay calm.
"Manchester City were the only team to do the double over us last season and that could be a big motivation for us. I know they're getting better and bought a lot of good players. There will be a big atmosphere and their players will be waiting for that game. Maybe it is a way for their team to show they're ready to challenge for the title so we are going there to defend our title. Last year was difficult for us but we'll go there to try and get the points."