Jose Mourinho admits he “doesn’t know where or how” he’ll watch Chelsea’s match at Stoke after being handed a one-match stadium ban by the FA.
Mourinho failed in his appeal against the ban, along with a £50,000 fine, meaning he will not be allowed to enter the Britannia Stadium on Saturday as Chelsea bid to arrest their alarming slump in form against Stoke.
The Blues boss, whose side have lost eight of their 18 matches played so far this season, was given the ban for comments about the referee after his side’s defeat to Southampton on October 3.
Mourinho, speaking in his press conference on Friday lunchtime to preview the clash, said: “I don’t know where or how I will watch the game.
“You can imagine that it’s not easy. You can imagine how I feel.
“I have no plans [to watch]. Maybe I sit in the street corner with my iPad. Maybe I don’t even watch the game. Maybe, live scores? Results.
“It’s difficult and I would rather not talk about it.”
Mourinho, however, has confirmed that he will travel with the team on Saturday and will only leave the players shortly before the game.
He also said that he will be responsible for substitutions, adding: “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.”
Mourinho explained that he and his coaching staff have pondered all scenarios for the game – “if we are winning 4-0 at half-time, or losing 4-0 at half-time” – and have plans in place for every eventuality.
The Portuguese coach has decided against appealing his one-match stadium ban, adding: “I know the result of the appeal already. I decided to give up.
“It is stupid to fight a fight you know you are going to lose.”
Mourinho also feels his stadium ban ‘could set a precedent for many more stadium bans for managers in the future’.
As for team news for Chelsea, both Radamel Falcao and Thibaut Courtois remain sidelined, but Branislav Ivanovic will be fit to play after a hamstring injury.
Chelsea were recently beaten by Stoke on penalties in the Capital One Cup, but Mourinho insists revenge “is not on his mind”.
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