Jose: Book Suarez for 'dive'

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho felt Luis Suarez deserved to be booked for simulation after the Liverpool striker appealed in vain for a penalty during the Reds' 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Last Updated: 30/12/13 at 10:02 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Uruguayan went down after a second-half tackle by goalscorer Samuel Eto'o but referee Howard Webb waved away his appeals for a spot-kick - moments after the striker had also fallen to the floor following a penalty box challenge by John Terry.

Mourinho also felt his own side were denied a clear penalty after man of the match Eden Hazard tangled with Lucas Leiva.

"I think there is another big case for a penalty on Hazard," he said. "Something is happening, week after week, I don't know why referees don't see it. He's a fair boy and I don't know why this is happening.

"On the other situation with Suarez I would resolve this differently with a yellow card for Luis Suarez. I keep saying I hate players trying to provoke situations. Luis is an amazing player and I have lots of respect for his quality and his attitude of trying to win every game but sometimes he tries too much.

"Eto'o just put his body in front of him. It looks like somebody shot him."

"He does everything to win and Brendan (Rodgers, the Liverpool manager) is doing a fantastic job on him because he's changed. There's no doubt that he's changed.

"But when the situation is like this and you are losing comes the nature of the player, the wild nature of the player or the cultural nature of the player.

"Culturally people from that area (South America), they like it. It's not also that area. There's a corner in Europe where I belong to, that they also like (diving)."

Mourinho added in his press conference: "We don't like people with simulation. This situation in the box, Azpilicueta has the ball, Azpilicueta is leaving the box with the ball and now he's (Suarez) doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump."

Although Eto'o scored the winner, he was perhaps lucky to escape punishment for an early challenge on Jordan Henderson. It was from the resulting free-kick that Liverpool scored through Martin Skrtel.

However, Mourinho sought to take the blame, saying he had told Eto'o to take a more physical approach.

"I didn't see it, I don't know which situation you are referring to," he said when asked about the challenge on Henderson.

He then added: "For some weeks I have been criticising him a lot internally for his failure to adapt to what the Premier League is in terms of physicality so if he had a tackle deserving of a card it was my fault because I'm asking him to adapt to this."

In responding to Mourinho, Liverpool boss Rodgers pointed out Eto'o was fortunate to still be on the pitch.

"He (Eto'o) should've been sent off," Rodgers said.

He then discussed Mourinho's comments on Suarez and added: "Luis will always provoke a challenge from defenders, that's why he's world class.

"What he probably doesn't expect is to provoke a challenge from someone who's not involved in the contact.

"He's running to challenge (Cesar) Azpilicueta and Eto'o is street wise, he's cute, he blocks him. On another day you could give that as a penalty, because it's obstruction in the area.

"Of course, he (Mourinho) will defend his player and I will defend mine."

Mourinho began his post-match comments by paying tribute to the efforts of Premier League players around the country for their performances throughout the busy festive period.

"Premier League players in this country deserve fantastic respect because what they do is amazing," he said. "To play in this period is beautiful. I love it. I keep saying I love it. The players are monsters in a good sense of the word.

"It is fantastic propaganda for what football is."

At the centre of most of what was good about Chelsea was Hazard and team-mate David Luiz hailed the Belgian for his display.

"Of course it is not very good to (concede) a goal in the first minutes but there was a really strong mentality in the team, we gave everything on the pitch and it was magic tonight," Luiz said on Sky Sports 1.

"Eden had a great game tonight and I'm happy we have players like Eden in the team because then I see amazing football."

The win keeps Chelsea in third, just two points from leaders Arsenal. "We will keep fighting for the title," Luiz added.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

A

s for City, can't believe you omitted Sergio. He's both dreamy and lovable rolled into one humble genius. Kolarov, we've all played with a mad cap left back who simply loves two things, shooting and tackling. To leave out Martin Demichellis, shame on you.

chumps league
Who Has Got The Likeability Factor?

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger: Alexis Sanchez chose Arsenal for our style and Champions League conistency

Arsene Wenger says it was Arsenal's consistency and style of play that convinced Alexis Sanchez to choose London over Liverpool.

Liverpool: Gerrard says Rodgers must take criticism on chin

Steven Gerrard says Brendan Rodgers has to take criticism on the chin when "people are trying to kill you".

Steven Gerrard: Raheem Sterling should sign deal and become Liverpool great

Raheem Sterling should commit his long-term future to Liverpool and become an Anfield great, according to Steven Gerrard.

Mail Box

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

Gonna Party Like It's Your Birthday...

There are an awful lot of folk claiming to share their birthdays with Lionel Messi or Ronaldo, while we have an Arsenal fan who doesn't want to be liked and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property