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Jose Mourinho: How I feel about the stadium ban and watching the game somewhere else


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits it will not be easy to watch today's game against Stoke City outside the stadium.

The Portuguese opted not to appeal against his stadium ban and will therefore not be allowed to enter the Britannia Stadium.

"I will travel with the team and I will be with them until we reach the limit of the stadium facilities," Mourinho said.

"We know when I have to stop being with the players. We will come back from Stoke together.

"My assistants are completely free of that extra pressure which doesn't belong to their jobs.

"I choose the team and I predict to the maximum I can the different aspects of the game and the different directions it can follow. I try to prepare the players and assistants even better than ever because it is only the way.

"If after 10 minutes we are playing with seven men, it is something I did not prepare my assistants for, so they have to decide for themselves.

"The game is unpredictable but we try to reduce the impact from extreme scenarios you can imagine such as winning 4-0 at half-time to losing 4-0 at half-time, and between those you have 1000 options including injuries and red cards to each player.

"We went through all these different scenarios and they are prepared and, importantly, protected by the fact it is my responsibility."

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