Chelsea vs QPR: Winning this weekend – not winning Fifa gong – is priority, says Jose Mourinho

The Special One has been included on the Fifa shortlist for world coach of the year

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was named on the Fifa shortlist for world coach of the year this week – but insists he has no interest in winning the award.

Also on the 10-man shortlist are Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal but, speaking ahead of Saturday’s derby with Queen’s Park Rangers, Mourinho has more pressing concerns.

The Portuguese said: “I don’t care who wins it, I don’t care about gold balls. I want to win against QPR.”

His team lead are top of their Champions League group, top of the Premier League with nine games gone, overpowering everyone they face and seemingly destined for the title. Mourinho has been here before. Ten years ago, his first season in England, things were almost exactly the same – but he believes things are  different this time around.

“[Then] it was with almost all of them final products, top players, “ he said. “This team is giving me more work, if we can use that word, to bring them to that level. End products are one thing and players with great talents are another.”

But this Chelsea side is hardly short of final products. Diego Costa is one and Mourinho will be relieved the Spain international is back after injury and illness problems.


This is just as well, because Loïc Rémy is out with a torn groin and a third game in less than a week might be asking too much from 36-year-old Didier Drogba.