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Drogba is a diver, says Mourinho

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Inter Milan manager José Mourinho has branded his former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba a "diver."

Mourinho also attacked his fellow Portuguese, Cristiano Ronaldo, for cheating to win free-kicks and penalties, along with Fernando Torres and Robin van Persie.

Drogba has often been criticised for going to ground too easily but was vigorously defended by Mourinho during his three seasons in charge at Stamford Bridge, but admitted he only did so to protect one of his players.

Mourinho told feelfootball.com: "I am no longer Chelsea coach and I do not have to defend them any more, so I think it is correct if I say Drogba is a diver."

"Drogba, Ronaldo, Torres and van Persie are the divers. Who dives more? Who has won more penalties in recent years? But English football is the one that criticises the divers the most."

"In England, coaches teach the kids how to play a game of football but in Italy, Spain and Portugal, coaches teach the kids how to win a game."

Although against diving, Mourinho gets angry if his players stay on their feet when they are fouled.

He added: "I hate diving, but I'm not happy if a player is kicked by somebody in the box and he tries to remain standing. It's very, very rare a referee gives a decision if the player doesn't go down so I tell players not to be naive, but to be fair."

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