Jose Mourinho: One thing I can agree with Arsene Wenger on
Jose Mourinho reveals that he shares Arsene Wenger's view about the Ballon d'Or
Jose Mourinho has revealed that he shares Arsene Wenger’s view that the Ballon d’Or should be scrapped because it promotes individuals in a team game.
Wenger said that he was against individual awards in football earlier this year after Cristiano Ronaldo won the prestigious accolade for the second season running back in January.
Wenger and Mourinho share a frosty relationship and appear not to agree on very much.
However, the Chelsea manager said that he shares Wenger’s view about world football’s most prestigious individual prize.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Blues boss Mourinho said: “I think Wenger said something that is interesting; he is against the Ballon d’Or, and I think he’s right, because in this moment football is losing a little bit the concept of the team to focus more on the individual.
“We are always looking at the individual performance, the individual stat, the player that runs more. Because you run 11km in a game and I run nine you did a better job than I did? Maybe not! Maybe my 9km were more important than your 11.
“For me, football is collective. The individual is welcome if you want to make our group better. But you have to work for us, not we have to work for you.
“When the top player arrives, the team is already there. It’s not him who comes to discover the team, like Columbus discovering America. No, no, you are coming now to help us be better.”
Mourinho’s Chelsea side are currently seven points clear of Wenger’s Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table heading into final seven games of the season.
The Blues take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday after Arsenal tackle Burnley at Turf Moor.
Mourinho is hoping to lead Chelsea to their first top-flight title since 2010.