Jose Mourinho encourages Roma players to dive to win penalty shootout after Atalanta loss

‘Be a clown like many who dive like they’re in a pool do in this league’: Jose Mourinho encourages his Roma players to dive after being sent off for challenging penalty decision in defeat to Atalanta

  • Jose Mourinho suggested his Roma players dive to earn penalties
  • Mourinho was angry after Nicolo Zaniola didn’t get a penalty against Alalanta
  • The Roma coach was sent back to the stands after criticizing the referee

Roma coach Jose Mourinho has suggested his players are starting to dive after being sent off in his side’s 1-0 loss to Atalanta.

Mourinho was livid after Roma failed to get a penalty following an incident involving Nicolo Zaniolo.

Zaniolo was involved in a fight with Atalanta’s Caleb Okoli but didn’t go down in the box.

Jose Mourinho has suggested his Roma players dive to earn more penalties

Mourinho strongly criticized referee Daniele Chiffi and indicated that his players had to dive to get penalties.

As Football Italia reported, Mourinho said: “There was a very clear penalty. I then asked the referee why, and I asked him to be clear with me that it was because Zaniolo had not fallen.

“So I have to change my advice to my players, I have to tell them not to try to stand, not to play the ball, to be a clown like many of those who dive as if swimming the pool does in this league, because that’s obviously how you get penalties.

Roma sit sixth in Serie A following their loss, with Giorgio Scalvini scoring the game’s only goal.

Mourinho was furious that Nicolo Zaniolo didn't receive a penalty in the loss to Atalanta

Mourinho was furious that Nicolo Zaniolo didn’t receive a penalty in the loss to Atalanta

Mourinho’s side suffered a blow before the game as Paulo Dybala picked up the injury during the warm-up and had to be replaced by Nemanja Matic in the starting line-up.

Reflecting on the game, Mourinho said he felt Roma played well enough to win the game.

He said: “It went badly because we lost a game which we should have won easily, given the way we played.

If we can imagine that dominance we had in the final third, with plenty of chances created, we can assume that with Paulo on the pitch it could have been different.

“Nevertheless, those who played did quite well to win the match, easily, but unfortunately we didn’t score and that’s why we lost.

“It’s not nice to come away empty-handed, but it was a good performance, a good spirit. We haven’t dominated Monza or Cremonese here for 90 minutes like we did with Atalanta.

The Roma boss defended Tammy Abraham as the forward didn't have his best game

The Roma boss defended Tammy Abraham as the forward didn’t have his best game

Mourinho also defended Tammy Abraham, although the England striker missed an attractive chance in the first half.

He said: “Tammy is an amazing boy who wants to do well and suffers when he’s not well. He had a slight injury, games that didn’t go well, it’s not a good time for him. Strikers are like that, they go through these periods.

‘But no criticism, he continues to be a good lad and a great professional, he’s not here on vacation, he wants to learn and improve. It will get there.

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