Chelsea latest: Defender on Mourinho/Wenger spat, £11m winger not ready for Blues

All the latest news and views from Stamford Bridge including Chelsea defender's take on manager's argument with Arsenal boss.

Arsenal and Chelsea's respective managers, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, have engaged in a little war of words of late, bringing the media's memory back to the time when the Portuguese was first in the Premier League accusing his French counterpart in North London of being a voyeur.

Little has changed, with Mourinho recently implying Wenger is a specialist when it comes to failure, words that may well ring true when comparing Arsene's personal trophy haul in the past decade then comparing it to Jose's in the same time-span.

Commenting on the verbal sparring, Blue centre back David Luiz was quoted by The Independent to have said that it has no effect on the dressing room at Stamford Bridge. He added: 'We cannot listen to everyone, because if you listen to another coach, Chelsea don't have just one coach, Chelsea have 10, 20, 100 [coaches]… everyone wants to be part of our club - that's natural.'

There have been suggestions that Mourinho's utilisation of mind games (he has also continually heralded Manchester City as title favourites, while also discrediting Barcelona; City's Champions League opposition), is a tactic to deflect any pressure away from his side.

This is something Luiz believes is unnecessary: 'You don't need to take pressure off me, because I love pressure.'

And finally, one of the club's January recruits - Mohamed Salah, an £11m import from FC Basel and a player wanted by Liverpool - may require a lengthy settling-in period due to the differences between representing Basel, then playing in front of 40,000 fans at Chelsea's home ground.

'It's important for him to come step by step and try to improve and adapt,' Mourinho is quoted by Sky Sports to have said. 'This is a different world, a different quality of football to the one he comes from. Stamford Bridge is not the same as playing for Basel.

'With Basel you play to enjoy your time and you have nothing to lose. While in the blue shirt, you have 40,000 people that you are required to please. Everyone wants you to be decisive, all the time. Mohamed needs six months to adapt to our game and the demands of the Premier League.

'Next season is Mohamed Salah's breakthrough season.'

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