The Mirror reports Jose Mourinho’s comments – and suggest that his words were aimed at Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.
The incident in question revolves around Eden Hazard’s decision not to draw a foul from Spurs goalkeeper – and an inevitable red card – during the first half of Chelsea’s 4-0 demolition of Tim Sherwood’s men at the weekend.
Chelsea’s Belgian international has been in wonderful form this season, and his off-field antics and image make him an icon to all the young footballers out there. When he received the ball in the penalty area, instead of allowing Lloris to drag him down, Hazard instinctively kept the situation alive by trying his luck – and missing - from a tight angle.
Jose Mourinho lauded Hazard’s decision, and astonishingly suggested that other players would have blatantly ran into the keeper – almost forcing the referee into giving a game-changing decision.
He said: “We had a big opportunity in the second minute of the game, when other players with other shirts would go for a penalty and a red card for the keeper.
“Hazard doesn’t do that. He tries to go away from the keeper and he misses from a difficult angle.
“But other players in this league, in that situation, they attack the keeper.
“You know the kings of the penalties, you know where they are – and they’re not here.”
Whether or not the self-proclaimed Special one is referring to Luis Suarez is difficult to tell, but it is clear that Mourinho is trying to banish a diving reputation that his club once held whilst raising an issue of the unsporting behaviour which has crept into the English game.
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