Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone insists Thibaut Courtois has the same single-minded focus as his team-mates as the Belgium goalkeeper prepares to face his parent club Chelsea in Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium.
The 21-year-old is on loan at Atletico for a third successive season and, in line with UEFA rules, is free to play the Blues as the teams compete for a place in the May 24 final in Lisbon against Real Madrid or defending champions Bayern Munich.
It was reported that Chelsea would demand the Spanish side pay a fee of around 3million euros for each game in accordance with their confidential loan agreement, but UEFA announced it expected Courtois to be free to face the Blues.
Simeone is ready to place his trust in the goalkeeper.
"I think his state of mind is the same as all other 20 members of the squad," Simeone said.
"There's a lot of enthusiasm ahead of this match. It's not just important for them, it's important for the club."
Courtois played for Atletico in their 2012 UEFA Super Cup win over Chelsea, then the European champions.
A guide to the Champions League semi-finalists
A guide to the Champions League semi-finalists
1/4 REAL MADRID
Best: Winners (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002)
Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo
Manager: Carlo Ancelotti – has won the league in England, France and Italy, as well as the Champions League twice with Milan, and is now expected to deliver ‘la decima’ – Real Madrid’s tenth European title
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (14)
Top assist: Karim Benzema/Angel Di Maria (both 5)
Overview: After sailing through the group stages unbeaten, and then dispatching Schalke 9-2 in the last 16, Real Madrid were the form team in the tournament until their scare against Dortmund. The 2-0 defeat in Germany, albeit without their talisman Ronaldo, has revealed a chink in the armour, but you still wouldn’t want to draw them.
Best: Winners (2012)
Star man: Eden Hazard
Manager: Jose Mourinho – The ‘Special One’ is looking to become the first manager to win the competition with three different teams having succeeded at Porto and Inter
Top scorer: Samuel Eto’o/Demba Ba/Fernando Torres (all 3)
Top assist: Oscar (4)
Overview: Despite losing twice to unfancied Basel, Chelsea topped their group and saw off the tricky task of Galatasaray in the last 16. Needed a last minute goal to scrape past PSG in the quarter-final, and will go into the semi-finals as underdogs – as they did in 2012.
3/4 BAYERN MUNICH
Best: Winners (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013)
Star man: Franck Ribery
Manager: Pep Guardiola – in his first season at Barcelona he won a treble that included the Champions League, and he’s on course to do the same in his first season at Bayern. If he does it his place among the greats will no longer be in doubt.
Top scorer: Thomas Muller (5)
Top assist: Arjen Robben/Phillip Lahm (both 3)
Overview: Aside from a defeat at home to Manchester City, by which stage qualification was already secured, Bayern have been almost perfect, blowing away Arsenal and Manchester United in the knock-out stages. Favourites to become the first team in the Champions League era to retain the title.
4/4 ATLETICO MADRID
Best: Runners-up (1974)
Star man: Diego Costa
Manager: Diego Simeone – the only manager left who was at his club last season, Simeone has built a team performing beyond the resources of Atletico, with a real shot at a first Spanish title since 1996.
Top scorer: Diego Costa (7)
Top assist: Gabi (4)
Overview: Atletico are the only unbeaten team left in the competition, and having seen off Milan and Barcelona they deserve their place in the semi-finals. They may be the only team left never to have won a European title, but they can no longer be considered underdogs, and everyone will want to avoid them.
The stakes are a little higher this time around and Simeone was reluctant to single out his goalkeeper, who could next season be given a chance at Stamford Bridge to displace Petr Cech.
Another player who could be at Chelsea next term is Diego Costa, touted as Jose Mourinho's number one target to bolster his forward line.
Mourinho has bemoaned his options up front this term, with Samuel Eto'o - absent for the trip with a knee injury - Fernando Torres and Demba Ba struggling in front of goal.
Simeone said: "I think they have very important strikers such as Eto'o and Torres.
"They have proven it, they have demonstrated it. They have won the World Cup and Champions League."
On the prospects of Costa moving to Chelsea, Simeone added: "It wouldn't surprise me that any financially powerful team would have Costa on their side. He's very good player and scores very well."
Torres played against his first club in Monaco, but will make his first return to Atletico's home ground since his July 2007 move to Liverpool, from whom he joined Chelsea for £50million.
Simeone expects Torres to be given a warm reception.
"Torres is someone that really likes the club, really likes the people, really has all these good memories," added Simeone, who could select former Chelsea midfielder Tiago in his line-up.
"Tomorrow I think he'll probably play. I hope before the match and I'm sure he'll receive the ovation that he deserves. He's really loved by the club.
"I hope that for him they recognise him, like they did in Monaco.
"Deep down Torres is one of us, one of Atletico Madrid."
Atletico lead the Primera Division ahead of Barcelona and city rivals Real and are in the last four of the Champions League after beating the Catalans in the quarter-finals.
Simeone is not ready to declare the season a success, though.
"The assessment will have to wait for the end of the season," he said.
"The team is growing match by match, but we haven't won anything yet."
Atletico are the last team in the competition with an unbeaten home record and have played English times nine times at home and never lost.
Los Rojiblancos are unbeaten in 12 matches and beat Elche last weekend while Chelsea lost to relegation-threatened Sunderland.
Simeone is focused only on his side and Raul Garcia is wary.
Midfielder Garcia said: "We respect them and we know what we have to work at: to make sure we have a strong defence and make sure they do not score.
"We're aware of the importance of the match tomorrow, but we have to be very concentrated.
"It's going to be very equal. It's going to be a very physical match.
"We're a team that fights, that has a lot of ambition and wants to win. We do not have fear. We have respect."