Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho comments on his plans for Stoke game, form of Willian

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Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of this weekend's trip to Stoke City in the Premier League

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will not appeal his stadium ban which prevents him from being with his team for Saturday evening's Premier League clash with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, as shown on the club's website, Mourinho said there is no point in fighting something that knows he is going to lose. 

The Chelsea boss appeared to have a clear plan in place with his assistants for different scenarios throughout the game, but said he doesn't know where he will watch his side, if at all.

He told reporters: "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 has said he will travel up to Stoke with his squad, and will remain with them 'until the moment someone stops me'. 

He was asked questions about a time when he banned from the stadium for a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich in 2005, with reports suggesting that he may have tried to sneak in using a laundry basket, but he refused to humour the assembled media - and didn't confirm nor deny the story.

He admitted it wasn't an easy situation for him being away from his players, saying: "You can imagine that is not easy, you can imagine how I feel and I don't want to speak about it because I'd have to go deeper, the dimension of the situation. One thing is not to be on the bench, like at West Ham, but nobody told me to leave the stadium.

"I'm stopped not to just do my work, I'm stopped to go to a football stadium." 

One big positive for Mourinho was his side's win in the Champions League in midweek, and he will hope to gain some momentum from that result to take into Saturday's game, as he looks to revive a Premier League campaign which has seen the reigning champions start poorly, leaving them in 15th place.

Willian was the man who got the winner in midweek, and Mourinho feels that the rest of the team is reaching the standards the Brazilian set even when the side wasn't in the best of form.

"He's playing very well and at this moment he is surrounded by other players who are playing very well," he added.

“I felt he was a bit isolated from the general context but at the moment he is right in the middle of it.”

Mourinho confirmed that Branislav Ivanovic is now fit and available for selection.

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