Mourinho:” I try to prepare them better than ever”

Mourinho:” I try to prepare them better than ever”

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho  has confirmed that even if he will not be physically present at the stadium all the team decisions, including substitution decisions, still lie with him.

Mourinho said:

”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.”

”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.”

”This time the referee invited me to go to the dressing room and tell him what I thought about the first half.”

”If I speak about the dimension of the punishment, I think it opens up a range of situations and I can imagine in the future we are going to have lots of managers with stadium bans. The bans should be related to something really serious in terms of aggression and words I don’t want to use, and this stadium ban is connected to words and complaints.”

”Now it is open to bans happening many more times unless maybe our [managers’] association and other associations around Europe question in a very serious and legal way the rights of the managers having stadium bans.”

”But from my point of view I want to be out of it, let the game tomorrow finish and that is it.”