Stoke City v Chelsea Tips – A must-win for under-fire Mourinho
Mourinho's job could be very much on the line if the Blues fail to win at Stoke this weekend
November 3rd, 2015
Much is at stake on Saturday evening for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, however he will be forced to watch events at Stoke unfold on television thanks to a one-game stadium ban.
The Blues boss is under extreme pressure following a disastrous start to the campaign in which the West London side stumbled to their sixth defeat in the top flight this term, surrendering a lead of one goal at Stamford Bridge to ultimately lose 3-1 to Liverpool and next up are the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.
Stoke recently sent Chelsea crashing out of the Capital One Cup and they will be confident of repeating that feat in the Premier League this weekend. Their chances have been given a boost by the fact that Mourinho won’t be in the stadium after getting himself a suspension of one game following an outburst on Bobby Madley, referee during the clash with Southampton last month.
The Chelsea boss was furious at Madley’s decision to deny the Blues a penalty during that match and he wasn’t holding back in the post-match interview.
“I think you know me, and I think I don’t run away from responsibilities,” he said. “I think, first of all, I want to say that because we are in such a bad moment, I think you shouldn’t be afraid to be also honest. Because when we were at the top, I understand that it is quite a big pleasure, and it is gone.
“But when you are so down, I think it’s time to be a little bit honest and to say clearly the referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea. The result was 1-1 when it was a huge penalty, and, once more, we didn’t get one. And the penalty was a crucial moment in the game with the result 1-1.
“And, I repeat, if the FA wants to punish me, they can punish me. They don’t punish other managers, they punish me, but it’s not a problem for me. I want to repeat because I think my players deserve it, Chelsea fans deserve it, I am a Chelsea fan too, and I want to say it again: referees are afraid to giving decisions to Chelsea.
“Why? Because when they give, there is always a question mark from you [the media]. There is always a question, there is always a critic, so we are always punished. We are punished because Diego Costa is suspended with images. In other matches we see the same thing and that doesn’t happen.
“Clear penalties are not given and with us it’s one and one and one and one, and even in the Champions League, in a match we lost 2-1 [to Porto], which is a game with not three officials, but five, we are not given a penalty in the last minute.
“And this penalty in this game today is more than crucial, and do you know why? Because my team, in this moment, the first negative thing that happens, the team collapses. The team, mentally, psychologically, is unbelievably down.”
This outburst sees Mourinho handed a stadium ban of one match and Chelsea are now odds of 21/20 to triumph at the weekend and perhaps give their boss a stay of execution.