Nemanja Matic admits it will be a blow not having Jose Mourinho for Chelsea’s visit to Stoke
Nemanja Matic has admitted it will be a blow for Chelsea not to have Jose Mourinho on the sidelines for the weekend clash with Stoke.
The Portuguese boss confirmed today he will not be appealing his ban from the Britannia Stadium, which Matic accepts will leave a void on the bench.
But with some confidence restored after the win over Dynamo Kiev he believes the spirit in the camp is good despite a poor season in the league so far.
The Blues suffered a sixth defeat to Liverpool at the weekend leaving them in 15th place in what has been Mourinho’s worst ever season as a manager.
As well as the team’s abysmal performances, off field problems have taken their toll with talk of player mutiny.
But Matic says they are looking to continue putting the negative headlines behind them with a win over Stoke, who they lost to on the same ground in the League Cup just a couple of weeks ago.
“Of course it is more easy when the coach is on the bench and especially at half time when he can say something,” he told the Star.
“Sometimes you hear him during the game, and sometimes when the game stops and there is a foul, he shows with hands and you know what you have to do.
“But we also have other great coaches, and they will be prepared for everything, and we have to be ready for that.
“It’s going to be strange of course, I think that I’m here almost two years and we have not played without a coach yet, so it is going to be strange, but this is football and we will be ready.
“Winning against Kiev was very important for our confidence. Our supporters recognised that, they supported us all 90 minutes and I have to say thank you to them because they helped us a lot.
“In moments like this, it is very important to win. It does not matter how you play. You can play well, or badly, but the most important thing is that you win and get more confidence for the future.”