VIDEO: Rodgers Defends Suarez from Mourinho Criticism

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It was all glad handing and backslapping in the build-up, but after Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners against Champions League rivals Liverpool on Sunday, things took a bit of a nasty turn in old colleagues Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers relationship when the Portuguese manager accused Luis Suarez of taking a dive.

Suffice it to say that he’s not the first manager to do it and he certainly won’t be the last; as the Uruguayan tussled with Blues defender Cesar Azpilicueta near the edge of the area, Samuel Eto’o, who was involved in a potential red card situation with Jordan Henderson in the opening minutes of the match, tripped Suarez up from behind while nowhere near the ball. Despite the shouts for a clear penalty, referee Howard Webb took a differing view – one that Mourinho was quick to champion.

”Suarez lost that duel with Azpilicueta, Eto’o comes in and it looks like somebody shot him in the back,” fumed the Chelsea boss. ”For me that is a clear yellow card.” Funny how he makes no mention of what the Cameroonian international did to make the Liverpool striker hit the deck; that point, it would seem, has no bearing on what the pious Portuguese manager called was quick to call simulation.

His former pupil, on the other hand, wasn’t so keen on Mourinho’s memory of the matter, calling Suarez an “easy target” for criticism. It’s a reputation he may have fostered in the past, but there’s little doubt that the trip amounted to nothing less than a stonewall penalty. “I think it was a valid claim for penalty against a player who wasn’t making an attempt to play the ball” said the Liverpool boss, who continued, “It certainly was not an acrobatic dive. Everyone can see the decision making and I don’t want to go into it too much. The games are gone, we will not gain anything from them now.”

2 thoughts on “VIDEO: Rodgers Defends Suarez from Mourinho Criticism

  • December 31, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    rodgers you are right. we have seen it. mourinho is just so selfish and arrogant. what about ramires penalty against westbrom. he kept quiet. he is just being an hypocrite. well done rodgers so far with your team and believe liverpool will end this season ahead of chelsea.

  • January 2, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Yeah Jose did not even Mention Eto was even there let alone that the incident was carried out by Eto, he just thought he would distract people and the mass media went with it.

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