Let's attack Blues - skipper.
The Black Cats skipper reckons it would be folly to sit back and try to keep Phil Scolari's galaxy of stars at bay for 90 minutes.
But Sunderland's attack looked blunt in their midweek defeat at Stoke, and the Wearsiders will have to improve significantly at Stamford Bridge if Whitehead's strategy is to work.
"Chelsea are a different kettle of fish compared to Stoke, and people might say that if we lost to Stoke then we haven't got much hope tomorrow," he said.
"But it's up to us to prove those people wrong and show we're a lot better than we were on Wednesday.
"We know that Chelsea are playing some great football and have threats all over the pitch.
"We have to go there and be solid, but we also have to find a way to get at Chelsea. If you go to Stamford Bridge intending to sit back and just soak up pressure then Chelsea are going to pick you off sooner rather than later.
"We have to show our quality on the ball when we have it and be a lot better in that department than we were at Stoke."
Sunderland's disappointing defeat at Stoke took some of the gloss off their victory over Newcastle last weekend.
The Potters bombarded Sunderland with high balls and rattled the Wearsiders with their physical style, but the slick passing of Chelsea's quality players will pose a very different test tomorrow.
Whitehead said: "It will be a very different game at Chelsea - a different kind of challenge.
Hopefully, we can show we're a good footballing side."
FORWARD THINKING: Cats' Dean Whitehead