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Mourinho: Team of the year awards not good for football

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has blasted Fifa's Team of the Year awards saying that they are not good for football.

Two of Chelsea's players, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, have been shortlisted for this year's Fifa award.

But Mourinho, when asked of the duo's nomination in today's press conference said: "When I see these trophies, I think they are not good for football. I don't care about it."

"Sometimes it seems we are looking for stars, people who are more important than other people and that is not the culture in this club."


Mourinho to greet 11 year-old cancer sufferer at Shrewsbury

A promising young footballer who is now wheelchair bound and suffering from cancer will be greeted by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho tonight.

Lloyd Burton, 11, was once scouted by Man United and Aston Villa, but may never walk again after undergoing chemotherapy on a brain tumour last year.

Described as Shrewsbury Town's most famous supporter by manager Nicky Mellon, the youngster met David Beckham earlier this year as part of the Stand Up to Cancer fundraising programme on Channel 4.

Beckham paid 11 year-old Burton a visit earlier this month. Credit: PA

Lloyd has helped to produce a portrait of Mourinho as part of a community scheme, which the Portuguese manager will sign before kick-off in tonight's League Cup clash between Shrewsbury and Chelsea at New Meadow.

The portrait will be auctioned off in the hope of raising enough money to improve Lloyd's standard of living at home, where his family want to install a lift and equipment to help him bathe more comfortably.

‘We’re going to sell it for £1million!" Shrews boss Mellon boasted.

Wenger apologises for pushing Mourinho

Wenger and Mourinho had to be pulled apart on the touchline. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger has apologised for pushing Jose Mourinho during Arsenal's Premier League defeat against Chelsea.

The Frenchman initially refused to accept any blame following the incident on October 5th, which was sparked by a bad challenge from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez.

Wenger walked across Mourinho's technical area on the touchline to check on Sanchez, but was impeded by Chelsea's manager, and subsequently shoved him out of the way.

Speaking to French football programme Telefoot, Wenger said:

They gave too much importance to this story.

In hindsight I think I should not have reacted at all, it’s not a way to behave on a football field. I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise, but that’s a part of games where everything is manic. And then we have quite a substantial past.

Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea’s technical area.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger


Mourinho: There is no racism in football

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has claimed "there is no racism in football", in the face of calls to introduce a version of the 'Rooney Rule' to English football.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

The rule, instigated by Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney, requires that at least one black or ethnic minority candidate be interviewed for each head coach vacancy. American football's NFL has used the rule since 2003.

Answering a question on the Rooney Rule's possible use in England, Mourinho replied: "Football is not so stupid to close doors to people.

"If you are good, you get the job. If you are top, you are top."

There are just two black managers in English football's 92 league clubs: Keith Curle at Carlisle, and Chris Powell at Huddersfield.

Sunderland shock Chelsea to end Mourinho home run

Bottom of the table Sunderland beat Chelsea 2-1 and ended Blues manager Jose Mourinho's 77-game undefeated home run in one of the Premier League's biggest ever shock results.

Mourinho's unbeaten league record at Stamford Bridge, unparalleled in English football, stretched back almost 10 years to the Portuguese's arrival in west London in 2004.

Jose Mourinho had never lost a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Chelsea missed the chance to go top of the table with the defeat, while Fabio Borini's 82nd-minute winner from the penalty spot kept alive Sunderland's faint hopes of avoiding relegation.

Jose Mourinho: Arsene Wenger is a specialist in failure

Jose Mourinho has branded Arsene Wenger a "specialist in failure" as he hit back at the Arsenal manager for suggesting the title was "Chelsea's to lose".

"He is a specialist in failure. I'm not. So if supposing he's right and I'm afraid of failure, it's because I don't fail many times. So maybe he's right. I'm not used to failing," the Chelsea manager said.

"But the reality is he's a specialist because, eight years without a piece of silverware, that's failure. If I did that in Chelsea I'd leave London and not come back."

Chelsea currently top the Premier League table sitting just one point above Arsenal.

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