Chelsea faces Stoke City again tomorrow in a clash that is very crucial for Mourinho. Stoke currently sit at No. 14 whereas Chelsea occupy the No. 15 spot in the Premier League table and are looking to turn things around for them.
Chelsea will enter the game on the backs of a Champions League win against Dynamo where after a string of bad performances the team seemed to come around with swift. Oscar being back in the squad is sure a boost for Mourinho and Chelsea. With Fabregas, Oscar and Willian swiftly passing the ball between them and taking the game to the opposition Chelsea sure seems to stand on a relatively steady ground. Hazard too showed streaks of his previous performance after being brought on in place of Oscar. While Falcao and Courtois will be warming the Chelsea bench, Ivanovic will be available for tomorrow’s game. What can work in the Blues’s favour is Stoke’s form at home. At the Britannia stadium, the hosts have recorded on 2 wins in the 5 games that have been played so far.
But all’s not good for Chelsea as Mourinho has been slapped with a stadium ban and when asked whether he would appeal against the ban he said that he knows the decision so there would be no point in appealing. Furthermore in relation to these bans Mourinho said that “I am stopped not just to do my work, stopped to go to the stadium, stopped to do something I love so much, football. If we discuss this properly, we are going to have a lot of managers with stadium bans in the future.”
Mourinho doesn’t know where he will watch the match, but he knows who would be calling the shots tomorrow- Him. “I choose the team, I predict as much as I can, the different aspects of the game and I try to prepare them better than ever.” On how he is going to take decisions without being on the pitch, Mourinho said that he has worked out different scenarios with his assistants, what to do if the team is leading 4-0 by half time or trailing 4-0 by half time. Despite giving his assistants plans for the game, Jose claims that all responsibility would be his responsibility and no one else’s.
Though Jose claims that revenge would not be an agenda, this match will potentially decide Mourinho’s future at the club.