All the latest Chelsea news: Aston Villa tactics, Jose Mourinho's response to Manuel Pellegrini's small team strategy and a link to Hamza Choudhury.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has acknowledged that his team were "too open" during their 3-0 loss to Arsenal last weekend.
With a Premier League tussle against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge looming tomorrow, Lambert has conceded that the Villains will change their tactics so that they are not on the wrong end of a rout, again.
Conceding that Aston Villa may utilise 'park the bus' tactics, Lambert said: “I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to go there and play free-flowing attacking football. You do that and I think you’ll get beaten pretty heavily.”
Out of all Premier League participants, it is Chelsea who appear the most threatening. The West Londoners sit comfortably atop of the division with the greatest positive goal difference out of all the teams in the league.
One may think that Jose Mourinho had a ready-made retort to the media's questions over whether the Portuguese had a response to Manuel Pellegrini's 'small team' jibe after Chelsea escaped the Etihad Stadium with a 1-1 draw with Manchester City earlier in the month, but Mourinho refused.
"I don't have a reaction. I think you [the media] should, not me," he is quoted by BT Sport to have said.
On star striker Diego Costa, who has adapted to English football so seamlessly, Mourinho confirmed that the Spain international will be available for selection against Villa but said he is unsure whether the forward would be fit for the Sporting Lisbon clash in Portugal, on Tuesday.
"He plays tomorrow and he starts the game without problems," Mourinho said. "The question is always the same: can he finish the game and be in conditions to play in Lisbon 48 hours later? It's a question that in this moment I don't know.
"In this moment I don't think about Sporting or the Champions League, I think about Aston Villa in the Premier League. He starts the game."
And finally, The Express link Chelsea as one of many clubs interested in Leicester City wonderkid Hamza Choudhury.