Mourinho defends Eto’o over diving controversy in Tottenham game
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho defended striker Samuel Eto’o against claims of diving following a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. The Portuguese lambasted against Chelsea’s rivals and insisted that “the king of penalties” could be found elsewhere.
A couple of players have been often branded with the diving tag in the Premier League. Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has often been criticized for going down to easy, although the striker has walked towards redemption.
Mourinho believes the diving controversy is an ugly part of the game that not only destroys the career of a player but also taints the name of his club. Mourinho voiced concerns about diving in the Premier League, but ensured that such theatrics were not tolerated at Chelsea.
Eto’o fell down rather easily from a challenge from Younes Kaboul as a result of which the Tottenham Hotspur defender was shown an immediate red card.
“You know the kings of the penalties, you know where they are -- and they're not here,” Mourinho told the Mirror. “We had a big opportunity in the second minute of the game [against Tottenham], when other players with other shirts would go for a penalty and a red card for the keeper.
“[Eden] 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. I did not see a video of Eto'o and the penalty but I want to.”
Chelsea’s top spot on the Premier League table will keep the Mourinho relaxed this week, as Arsenal and Manchester City have difficult games in the Champions League before they bring back their attention towards the Premier League.
Arsenal and Manchester City plan to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg of the last-16 Champions League ties against Bayern Munich and Barcelona, respectively. Mourinho believes the English teams can pull off an upset victory in Germany and Spain.
Chelsea, who are enjoying a seven-point cushion in the Premier League, will find it easy in Europe as their Premier League contenders for the title endure difficult games in the Champions League.
Mourinho pointed out that since Barcelona lost to Valladolid and to Valencia, Manchester City can certainly go to Nou Camp and record an upset. Mourinho also feels that Arsenal have a chance against Bayern Munich, although the Gunners will find it difficult defeat the current Champions League winners.