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The Ballon d’Or has a negative impact on world football, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. 

The prestigious prize which is awarded to the world’s best footballer each year.

Mourinho joins Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in criticising the award – both believe that it focuses too much on individuals, rather than the team as a whole.

“He is against the Ballon d’Or and I think he’s right,” the 52-year old Portuguese man said.

“In this moment football is losing a little bit the concept of the team to focus more on the individual.”

Mourinho is not short of individual honours – he has seven league titles from four countries and two Champions League titles. However, he also believes that teams win trophies – not a group of individuals.

He said: “For me, football is collective. The individual is welcome if you want to make our group better. But you have to work for us, [it’s] not [a case that] 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.”

In recent years, the award has been between the trophy cabinets of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi won the award for four years in a row between 2009-12. Ronaldo has won the prize in 2013 and 2014, and also in 2008. Other winners include Fabio Cannavaro, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane.

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Gary Cahill has warned his Chelsea teammates to not underestimate the danger of Arsenal in the final few weeks of the season.

Saturday’s 2-1 win at home to Stoke City preceded Manchester City’s surprising defeat away at Crystal Palace and gave Chelsea a nine point lead over last season’s champions with a game in hand, a weekend which effectively ended the Citizens’ chances of retaining the title after a terrible 2015 which has seen them slip to fourth.

Parallel to that has been the form of Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal; a 4-1 victory over Liverpool last weekend taking the Gunners up to second place and seven points behind Chelsea, and inspiring hopes of winning the league that would have appeared outlandish just a few weeks ago. Chelsea still have to play at  the Emirates and, even though the game in hand- Leicester City away- a defeat in that fixture could give the season a distinctly unnerving edge for Chelsea as it nears its conclusion.

Cahill, who has often started at centre-back beside John Terry for Chelsea this season, is aware of the form of Arsene Wenger’s team.

“I think it’s gone under the radar, hasn’t it? I think how well they’ve done of late – they’ve crept up,” the England international is quoted as saying.

“We started (against Stoke) today with them in second position. They’ve gone about it quietly, they’re obviously in fantastic form.”

 

Chelsea beat Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in October and Jose Mourinho has never lost to Arsene Wenger. However, Chelsea should be aware, as they prepare to face QPR this Sunday, of the relatively recent past. Arsenal overcame a similar point deficit in 1998 when they beat Manchester United to the title when some bookmakers had already paid out on the latter team winning the title, the spark for which was a 1-0 win over the Red Devils towards the end of the season.

 

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Arsene Wenger’s side are on a seven game winning streak showing the best form in Europe.

Despite this, they still sit seven points behind Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

In typical Wenger fashion, he refused to rule his side out of the title race, but failed to confirm if they are capable of catching Chelsea, all he knows for sure is that there may still be a twist before the season comes to a halt.

He said: “There are still many challenges until the end of the season.

“It is interesting that we are in good form, and it’s interesting that we have a good team dynamic.

“Hopefully we can maintain that until the end of the season.

“Then we will see where we stand.

“We look behind us and people are chasing us. In front of us there is quite a good distance to Chelsea.

“But we’ve worked very hard to reduce that.”

Asked if he thought winning their next seven games would see the Gunners take the title, Wenger added: “Let’s win the next one.”

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DYBALA

As it was predictable, reports regarding Paulo Dybala‘s future are multiplying.

The last voice claims the Argentinian is now going to refuse an offer from Juventus to join north London side Arsenal instead.

The Italian champions have been leading the race, with Dybala not read to leave the country, but now claims in Italy suggest that the striking sensation might have had a change of heart.

According to new reports, he will accept a switch to the Premier League and particularly for Arsene Wenger’s side, ahead of the other interested clubs from all over Europe – among those Chelsea as well: Jose Mourinho was also reportedly interested in La Joya and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will top Arsenal’s offer or not.

The Gunners have made an offer of £30m to Palermo, hoping the amount would be sufficient enough to make a deal go through as soon as possible – Zamparini, Palermo’s volcanic president, asked for 42m euro.

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Chelsea are preparing a bid for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, according to recent reports.

The forward is a target for the Blues who are looking to replace their veteran striker Didier Drogba in the summer.

Jose Mourinho has already worked with Adebayor during his spell at Real Madrid. The Togo forward has built a reputation with many doubts about his strength at 31 years old, yet the Premier League leaders are ready to risk it if Drogba retires.

The deal could be enhance by the fact that London rivals Tottenham have no problem in letting Adebayor leave the club: currently he receives a wage of £100,000-a-week, something that Spurs find unnecessary and willing to get rid of: that’s why the money they may ask is considerably small.

The question is whether Adebayor is at Chelsea’s level or not.

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Gabriel-Paulista

In his press conference, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has turned down with a laugh suggestions that new signing Gabriel Paulista is anything like former Chelsea defender David Luiz, saying that the latest addition to the Gunners’ squad is “a defender who actually wants to defend.”

 

Indeed, during his time at Stamford Bridge Luiz, who moved to PSG over the summer, earned a reputation for erratic behaviour, often combining sublime moments of individual skill with moments of madness. Opinions heavily reinforced by his behaviour during the last World Cup, where he contributed to the horrific semifinal – or epic, surely everlasting, depending from your point of view – against Germany seven goals when Thiago Silva, his mentor, was suspended for sum of yellow card.

 

Wenger was asked whether Paulista was similar to David Luiz, quoting the famous line from former Manchester United defender Gary Neville that the former Chelsea man was like “a Playstation player”, via the Daily Mail.

Wenger was quick to play down any comparisons: “I think Gabriel is a typical defender. David Luiz, you didn’t know if he was a midfielder, as he had the potential always to play. Gabriel is a real defender, who wants to defend.”

Gabriel actually made more defensive errors at Villarreal than David Luiz did at Chelsea in the same amount of games…

It has been confirmed that Gabriel will wear the number five shirt at Gunners.

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Arsene Wenger believes his team are capable of hunting down Chelsea to win the Premier League and has cited his first full season in England as an example.

The 1997/98 season is remembered for being one of the most unlikely title victories in living memory. Arsenal won the league in May having been 12 points behind eventual runners-up Manchester United in February, the first moment in a North-South rivalry which encapsulated the late 90s and early 2000s.

Wenger says his current squad is still aiming for the title, despite being 14 points behind Chelsea and 9 behind Manchester City, both of whom appear considerably superior to the rest of the Premier League.

“It (to challenge for the title) is our target, but we have to be realistic. What we want is to win every game we can, but at the moment we are 14 points behind Chelsea, they need to lose five games, and they have lost only two until now,” The Frenchman says.

Arsenal have had title challenges undermined in the recent past due to injuries, this year is no different, but players are beginning to return. Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil are back and Jack Wilshere is about a month awy from fitness.

“Now we have a good squad, compact, but of quality and with the competition it will be very hard” says Wenger.

Wenger, 65, is the oldest serving manager in the Premier League and has not won the Premiership since 2004.

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