In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Blues legend Petr Cech reveals that he has never re-watched our 2012 Champions League final victory, Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter looks ahead to the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Chelsea and Gary Cahill has been linked with a Premier League transfer.
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Cech has never watched 2012 triumph
Chelsea legend Petr Cech has refused to watch our Champions League victory in 2012 because he says he is focussed on the present rather than living off past glories.
The 36-year-old goalkeeper won four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Europa League and the Champions League with the Blues before joining Arsenal in 2015, but according to the Daily Mail, he intends to wait until his playing days are over before revisiting his past triumphs.
‘I try not to look back, because I want to live in the present and make sure the present finishes as well as possible,’ said the Czech, who will retire at the end of the season. ‘The moment I stop, I’ll have time to sit back and look at my amazing journey.
‘If when I started, someone had told me that 20 years later I’d be in this position with all the cups and records then I wouldn’t have believed it.’
Cech saved penalties by Arjen Robben, Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger when we beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League final but has never re-watched the game in full.
‘I’ve never seen the game,’ he said. ‘I’ve seen a part of the shoot-out because my son was watching it. Then I was in a hotel with the team and there was a Champions League show on TV that went back to that game.
‘I haven’t watched the 2008 final, either. These are moments you watch when you stop. I like to live in the present. You need to find ways to improve the situation in the present so I try to keep focused on it. Once I sit down, I can watch all the games I want.’
While Cech could play the final game of his career for Arsenal against the Blues in the Europa League final, he admits that it is not an ideal situation for himself.
‘I don’t know if it’s a dream scenario,’ he said. ‘You have the last game of your career, a European final and then you have an emotional attachment to the opposition team, which probably is a bit too much. But if it happens, it happens.’
Eintracht boss expects Blues barrage
Chelsea may hold a slight edge in our Europa League semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt after a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Germany but Eintracht manager Adi Hutter is expecting the Blues to come out strongly against his side at Stamford Bridge tonight.
‘I expect them to be full of confidence,’ said Hutter as reported by the Europa League’s official website. ‘They achieved their goal in the Premier League and want to get into the Europa League final.
‘I think they will come out all guns firing and I don't think they will rest many players.’
However, Hutter said that his players will need little motivation as they attempt to reach a European final for the first time since 1980, when they beat German rivals Borussia Monchengladbach to win the UEFA Cup.
‘If you get this far, you want to get to the final,’ he said. ‘We want to have a fantastic game here, give everything and be really passionate about the way we play at Stamford Bridge. It's really important that we achieve something historic.
‘It doesn't really matter who you play, you just want to be in the final. Playing Chelsea will make it a great spectacle. The way they play is just fantastic and we will show a different phase of our game.
‘We don't need to motivate our players – we're at Stamford Bridge. I don't need to have individual chats with them, they are motivated. They can have some fun with this game and really enjoy the occasion but they have to be focused and show their strengths.’
Cahill linked with Burnley return
The Daily Mail is reporting that Gary Cahill could return to the club where he made his league debut 15 years with Burnley interested in signing the Chelsea captain when he leaves Stamford Bridge this summer.
The 33-year-old is set to become a free agent after a hugely successful seven-year spell with the Blues and he could see his career come full circle at Turf Moor, where he played his first games as a professional while on loan from Aston Villa in the 2004/05 season.
He impressed at Burnley as an 18-year-old, winning the club’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards during his time there.
According to the Mail, Cahill may need to take a pay cut to join the Clarets but he is determined to prove he can remain a top-flight player and he could address the Clarets’ issues in central defence.
‘Burnley manager Sean Dyche is not afraid to add experience to his squad particularly with strong characters such as Cahill,’ the report stated.
‘He signed Peter Crouch in January and could yet extend the 38-year-old's stay by another year.
‘Dyche also knows plenty of clubs are looking at his England centre-back James Tarkowski while Ben Gibson has failed to have the desired impact following his transfer from Middlesbrough.’