Chelsea currently have Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard in the FIFA FIFPro midfielders shortlist as well as three players in the 23-man 2014 Ballon d’Or list but Jose Mourinho believes such individual awards is “not good for football”.
Mourinho was responding to questions from the press on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game at Sunderland on Chelsea’s reported bid for Barcelona talisman Lionel Messi.
Messi is also up for Ballon d’Or again, but the Chelsea manager similarly criticised the idea of such trophies in a team game. He claimed not to care about it, adding that vying for individual glory is not part of the Blues’ culture.
Meanwhile, Mourinho, 51, is also a contender for the FIFA manager of the year gong alongside his former boss, Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal and Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti. But the Portuguese tactician cares less.
“This kind of trophy is not good for football. This is why I don’t care about it. Sometimes it looks like we are looking for stars, we are looking for some people to be more important than others,” Mourinho said.
“This is not the culture we want in this club. I don’t care about it but it’s there. It’s there as a consequence of the good work the team is doing. If they feel that, OK. It’s good for them.
“But the mentality here [at Chelsea] is not to be worried about that, even less being obsessed with that. When I see these two names, Fabregas and [Eden] Hazard, I think clearly they don’t think about it. They think about the team, about playing well and trying to win games.”