Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho won’t be at the touchline at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday when his side face Stoke City due to his one-match Stadium ban but the Portuguese tactician is confident the situation won’t dampen his team’s confidence.

The FA banned Mourinho for ‘misconduct regarding his language and/or behaviour towards the match officials’ during last month’s defeat by West Ham United at Upton Park where he was sent to the stands when he launched into a foul-mouthed half-time tirade at referee Jon Moss following Nemanja Matic’s red card.

However, Mourinho believes his absence on the sidelines will rather inspire his side to victory against the Potters rather than defeat.

“I think they [the players] will know I am with them,” Mourinho told the Evening Standard ahead of the Barclays Premier League tie.

“They know I am going to prepare the team until the moment they go to the game.

“They know that during the game the action of the manager is not so crucial and I think the fact they know why I am not on the bench is also important for the group.”


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