Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho in Dive Jibe at Ex-Striker

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho in Dive Jibe at Ex-Striker

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Byline: By Matt Barlow

Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Eidur Gudjohnsen and accused Barcelona's former Chelsea striker of learning to dive in Spain.

Mourinho made a reference to Gudjohnsen's dramatic tumble which earned Barca a penalty in Saturday's win against Recreativo Huelva.

The city of Barcelona has still not forgotten Mourinho's jibe last season when he accused striker Lionel Messi of play-acting.

With heavy sarcasm, the Chelsea manager talked of the Catalan capital as a very cultural place with lots of theatres and fine actors.

Messi appeared on the front page of Barcelona newspaper Mundo Deportivo yesterday, posing as Hamlet with a skull in his hand.

The cheat row was then stoked up by Mourinho, who warned Italian referee Stefano Farina to be wary of Barca's tricks.

Mourinho said: "I know the number of penalties they have at home. I know the number of times they play against 10 players.

"I am surprised with Eidur because he played in English football all his professional life and three months later he gets that penalty."

Asked whether the Nou Camp could expect more theatre tonight, he said: "Ask Eidur."

He then claimed Gudjohnsen, who spent six years at Chelsea before his summer transfer, would have been ridiculed in England for taking such a dive, when he was never touched.

Mourinho said: "It is a tribute to English football because, in England, players are not allowed to do that. If players do that in England, you will kill them."

Chelsea's Didier Drogba was booed by his own fans last season when he dived to try to win a penalty against Manchester City.

Mourinho urged referee Farina to be on top of his game because tonight's grudge match at the Nou Camp will have a worldwide audience of millions.

The Chelsea boss said: "There are three teams who want to be the best team on the pitch. …

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