And the Northern Irishman is determined to make life difficult for opposite number Andre Villas-Boas on Saturday.
Rodgers said: "We need to respect the opponent, they have world-class players.
"We are learning all the time and we know you have to be collectively right, we are not naive enough to think we can open everything up like we do at home.
"But we are still going to try and maintain our idea to control possession and dominate with the ball."
Rodgers, who saw his side beat West Brom 3-0 last weekend, added: "Chelsea are a great club, I am really looking forward to it.
"I have some wonderful professional memories of my time there. It was arguably the greatest period in their history during my time there over 4½ years.
"If I had not been there I would not be stood here today, it's thanks to the opportunity they gave me at that level.
"I still have many friends there and I will be proud to take a team back to the Bridge, but we are going there looking for a result."