Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he doesn’t know if he’ll watch the match against Stoke after rejecting the chance at a second appeal for his stadium ban.
Mourinho’s appeal against his suspended stadium ban following comments he made in the media was rejected on Thursday.
Mourinho will travel with the team to the Britannia Stadium, but has revealed he has no plans and might miss the match altogether.
“I have no plans, maybe I sit in street corner with my iPad, I don’t know,” he told reporters.
“If I cannot contact with the game maybe I don’t even watch the game. I can’t contact with the game so what’s the point? Live score, results, maybe.”
Mourinho, though, says the Blues are well-prepared for every eventuality, with the Portuguese having thoroughly briefed his backroom team.
“If the first 10 minutes we are playing with seven men they are not prepared for that, they have to decide themselves. The game isn’t predictable, you don’t know the direction but we can try to reduce that and that we did,” he added.
“The most incredible scenarios that you can imagine, let’s go to extreme scenarios. At half-time winning 4-0, at half-time losing 4-0 and in between those you have 1000 options. Be dominating and controlling the game, being dominated and not having control, having problems in this area, in that area, injuries, four red cards, we went through all these different scenarios and they are prepared.
“What I think is important is for them to feel protected by the fact that it is my responsibility and it is just for the players to play and for the assistants to be with them and be supportive.”
Chelsea were knocked out of the League Cup by Stoke on penalties, but rubbished the suggestion that his side would go in search of revenge, insisting they have nothing to avenge.
“Revenge for what? What’s the problem? Why? We played a good game, people were nice to us, our supporters were fantastic, no problems between supporters, a great football match, a good referee, a good show for everyone,” he added.
“One team scores one more penalty, one team left happy, one team left unhappy, everything was normal, revenge for what?”