Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Jose Mourinho's stadium ban could, in fact, help the Blues in their game against Stoke City.
The Stamford Bridge boss will be unable to enter the ground on Saturday when his side play at the Britannia Stadium as he is serving a one-game ban.
But Hasselbaink, who scored 88 goals in 177 appearances during a four-year spell at the Bridge, believes Mourinho's absence could spark a response from his charges.
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The Burton Albion manager told talkSPORT: “It might help them because it will give them some kind of edge – their leader is not there, they want to put it right, they are fighting.
“Look at the positives. I think yes, he won’t be there, but I think the players will be doing everything possible to put it right or show everybody wrong.”
ANOTHER VITAL GAME
Chelsea are currently languishing in 15th place in the Premier League and are already 14 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Having picked up an invaluable three points in their hopes of Champions League qualification, the Blues can ill afford to drop points in the Potteries.
They produced an improved display during their win over Dynamo Kiev, but there will still signs of nervousness during what, on paper, should have been a routine victory.
Stoke will provide a tough test, but Chelsea can take solace from the fact the Potters have won just once at home in the Premier League this season.
Although, the Blues' away form isn't much better.
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