Chelsea boss fears referee may cause them  defeat against Stoke City

Mourinho fears that a repeat of last season where they were beaten 3-1 by Stoke City may happen if referee 'does not do his job'

Chelsea last season were beaten 3-1 by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium and Mourinho fears such could happen again against a very physical Steke side.

The Portuguese manager spoke extensively on the aggression of the game with reporters; he called on the referee, Neil Swarbrick to "understands what is aggressivity" when the two sides clash.

He assured his Chelsea team were all braced up for the challenges tomorrow.

“With a good referee that can understand what is aggressivity, or when the aggression finishes and the rules of the game start, this will be no problem at all.

“We need a good referee, yes. A good, experienced referee who can understand exactly that. What happens in both boxes in this kind of match needs important decisions: what is aggressivity, and what goes beyond the rules of the game. That is important.“I speak with Courtois and we prepare him, but the referee is there, and the referee has to know what is allowed and what is not allowed, according to the rules of the game. And the rules of the game are the same everywhere. So it should be no problem. "I know it’s difficult for every team to play this kind of match [at Stoke], and we are no exception. But, again, I’m not worried. The referee is there exactly to judge what is aggression, and welcome aggression – the pure one – makes the game much more beautiful. He’s there to referee, not me.”

Man City’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday made them joint leaders with Chelsea on the log with just one goal difference separating the two sides.

Jose Mourinho and his boys have to avoid a loss if they are to go maintain top spot into the Christmas break.


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