As soon as Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off on Sunday against West Bromwich Albion, I began thinking about the chances of success when Chelsea inevitably appeal the decision. Jose Mourinho was asked about the chances of getting Terry's suspension overturned following the match, and while he hinted that the Blues are likely to appeal anyway, he didn't sound too optimistic that it would accomplish anything:
"Normally it's a waste of time for us, I think we should but normally it's a waste of time."
"No (I don't blame him), it's a ball into the space behind the full back, the full back is pressing high, the striker makes the movement and then (referee) Mr Clattenburg decides it's a red card."
"To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game. Some things you can see and some things we can see."
"I prefer just to focus on us."
Chelsea's next home match is a home tie against Crystal Palace, in which Terry would be extremely useful, even if the Blues should be fine with a Kurt Zouma/Gary Cahill partnership in the center. Still, it's probably worth the time it takes to lodge the appeal, as it was one of the softest sending offs I've ever seen.