Jose Mourinho has decided against appealing his stadium ban which will prevent him from sitting in the Chelsea dugout at the Britannia against Stoke City.
Some will remember the Portuguese hidding in a laundry basket in a bid to avoid a similar sanction in the 2005 Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich and won’t be surprised if he repeated the antic against the Potters who eliminated them from the Capital One Cup.
The Football Association handed the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager the ban following his half-time confrontation with referee Jon Moss over a red card to Nemanja Matic during last month’s 2-1 loss at West Ham at Upton Park and he insists that he has moved on.
“No [I have not appealed]. The match is tomorrow. I know the result of that appeal already and I have decided to give up. I don’t speak about [whether it was a hard decision]. It is stupid to fight a fight that you know you have already lost,” he said.
“There is no temptation [to do the laundry basket]. I know the situation where I am in relation to the football powers in this country and I have to adapt to it. With Mourinho the funny stories are over.
“I will travel with the squad and I will be with them until the moment somebody stops me which is I think when I am in the compound of the stadium when I have to stop being with the players. I have to get out of the bus before the stadium. I don’t know [where I will watch the game].”
Last weekend’s 3-1 loss at home to Liverpool was Chelsea’s sixth defeat in 11 Premier League matches this season but they will look to draw confidence from their 2-1 win against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League on Tuesday.