Bayern Munich forward Arjen Robben says that Chelsea's negative gameplan made it hard for his side to play in their Super Cup victory.
The Bavarians triumphed over Jose Mourinho's side on penalties to after struggling to break down the Londoners for large sections of the game, needing a late Javi Martinez equaliser to force a 2-2 draw and a shootout.
"These are always great games to play. It was fierce, particularly in the duels," Robben told NOS.
"Chelsea are a very defense-minded team and it's difficult to play football. That's their style of play and their quality."
Robben also expressed his disbelief that Chelsea managed to hold firm for much of extra time, with the German champions having a number of chances turned away by Petr Cech.
"In extra-time, we had so many opportunities," he added, "but they didn't go in."
Bayern lost to Borussia Dortmund in the German Supercup at the end of July and Robben is delighted to have won his first medal of the season, enthusing: "Every trophy is super and we thoroughly deserved this one."