'Wild natured' Suarez accused of diving by Mourinho

Sun Dec 29, 2013 11:08pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Luis Suarez's "wild nature" was on display as he tried to win a penalty with an "acrobatic swimming pool jump" that deserved a yellow card for simulation, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea had done well to stifle the Liverpool marksman before the flash point in the final stages of their absorbing 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Sunday that left Mourinho and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers in firm disagreement.

Trailing after goals by Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o following Martin Skrtel's early strike, Suarez set off after Chelsea fullback Cesar Azpilicueta only for Eto'o to block his run, leaving the Uruguayan on the floor appealing in vain to referee Howard Webb.

"The player is amazing and I love his quality, commitment and ambition to play," Mourinho told British media of Premier League top scorer Suarez, banned for 10 games after biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a game last April.

"I know him from his time at Ajax. A very nice boy. He does everything to win, and Brendan has done a very good job with him because he's changed. No doubt, he's changed.

"But when you are losing, the nature comes out of the player. The wild nature, the cultural nature of the player. Culturally, people from that area, they like it. Not just that area. There's a corner in Europe, where I belong too, where they like that too.

"One of the things we have good in this country is we don't like simulation. It's not good for our game. Azpilicueta had the ball, he was leaving the box, and now Suarez is doing an acrobatic swimming pool jump to try and get the penalty because he's so clever he knows he's in the penalty area right in front of the Liverpool supporters.

"I hate players who try to provoke situations, and he tries too much to provoke these situations. Suarez lost that duel with Azpilicueta, Eto'o comes in and it looks like somebody shot him in the back. Webb is 10 meters away and the only mistake he made was not giving him a yellow card."

Cameroon striker Eto'o was at the center of a number of incidents in the intense clash before he toe-poked home his third league goal of the season that helped Chelsea to a 2-1 win to stay within two points of league leaders Arsenal.   Continued...

 
Liverpool's Luis Suarez reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in London, December 29, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez