Chelsea latest: Cech mind-game, Lukaku's disappointment, Costa talks

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All the latest news and views including Petr Cech's recovery, Everton's loan star and Atletico Madrid's in-demand striker.

Considering he was initially ruled out of action for the rest of the season, goalkeeper Petr Cech has made a swift recovery! Above, he is photographed at the club's Cobham training ground with understudy shot-stopper Mark Schwarzer - could he be in line to return for the climactic concluding leg of the Champions League semifinal with Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge tomorrow evening?

Below, Cech's mere presence surprised journalists in attendance at training and one reporter asked the Czech Republic international if he was fit. His answer? "Of course."

In an interview with ESPN: Brazil, midfielder Ramires meanwhile disclosed the club's tactics for the second leg. In the first leg at the Vicente Calderon in Spain, manager Jose Mourinho utilised a catenaccio approach by keeping a stringent defence in order to return a clean sheet. Ultimately, he will have wanted to have netted an away goal, also, much like he did at Liverpool over the weekend, but the tie is still all to play for in West London on Wednesday evening.

While Ramires spoke highly of the club's defensive discipline he mentioned that the strategy tomorrow would be "different" - does that imply more attacking, or even all-out attacking? Or is it just another mind-game?

Atletico hit-man Diego Costa, a winter window and summer market transfer target for Chelsea, has spoken out over the Blues and claimed that, like Ramires implies, the club will need to "open up".

On the speculation and the semifinal, he told Evening Standard: "The truth is that I didn’t understand anything. I heard my name and asked what they were saying. I can’t say I paid much attention to it. I’m very happy where I am now.

"I’m not nervous. It’s a great game to be involved in and we’re going to have fun playing. It’ll be different from the game at home. They’ll need to open up a bit."

Of course, Chelsea do have a proven striker who could step up further next season, yet it is one who has blossomed away from Stamford Bridge - Romelu Lukaku, on loan at Everton.

"We'll see at the end of the season," said Lukaku to Het Nieuwsblad regarding his whereabouts in the new season. "I'm focusing on my performances at Everton. I still have a contract until 2016 at Chelsea and I think they're happy about the way I'm developing. They have the last word, so we shall see what's happening next."

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