Jose Mourinho was in an indifferent mood ahead of Chelsea's game with Stoke City tomorrow, and criticised the fact that his side are playing a Sunday-Saturday pattern having faced Southampton last weekend.

"For some clubs they start on a Saturday and end on a Sunday, but for us it's Sunday and Saturday. Once more, when it comes to fixtures we are always in trouble," the manager told the club website.

"'The problem is always the same, so in seven days we have three matches, two of them consecutive away, but we have to cope with it by making a big effort."

The Portuguese boss praised Eden Hazard for his astonishing performance against Sunderland, when the Belgian scored a hat-trick and assisted Frank Lampard for the equaliser.

"He has fantastic potential and hopefully he goes in the right direction. It's impossible to always play as he did in the last game but to always play with that same ambition is possible."

Mourinho was uncertain when he'd be able to bring defender David Luiz, who's injured his knee, back into his plans, but confirmed Samuel Eto'o was recovered and has rejoined in the group for normal training. 

"David Luiz is out, I don't know when I'll have him back,' said Mourinho. '[Samuel] Eto'o is fine and back with the group, Oscar is also much better and I have to decide whether to play him or not, but he's much better," said the gaffer.

He also insisted Ashley Cole could also get into action in the place of Cesar Azpilicueta either against Stoke or in the Champions League tie against Steaua Bucharest.

The Blues boss remains adamant that his team weren't at fault for any of the goals during the closely fought 4-3 win over relegation candidates Sunderland on Wednesday night.

"For all three goals we were trying to find defensive positional mistakes in relation to the way we prepared for the game, but there was not one mistake. We know Stoke are strong in that aspect and we have to try to cope.

Chelsea are looking to record a third win within a week after beating bottom-of-the-league Sunderland and in-form Southampton.

"Stoke is difficult, they're a very physical team and strong at set pieces, but I don't think we are fragile in that area," concluded the Blues manager.

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