The Blues manager believes that referees in England will create a problem for European competitions.
After Chelsea midfielder Ramires was booked for diving against Derby County in the FA Cup Third Round on Sunday Jose Mourinho has spoken out against the practice.
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The Blues manager has said that the tough stance that referees take on simulation in the English game is going to hinder Premier League clubs when they play in Europe.
“I’m very worried about European competitions,” Mourinho was quoted by Daily Star.
“We won’t change our philosophy but in Europe, English teams have a reason to be worried.
“In this country, we are fighting against it but when you go to the Champions League and the Europa League, you get players and referees from other countries.
“Players without this education that we have here and, you’ll see, something will happen against English teams.”
Manchester United duo Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young have both been targeted as divers this season and in the past Gareth Bale and Didier Drogba were slammed for similar tactics.
Yet Mourinho believes that on the continent the issue is not so pertinent in players’ or referees’ minds and that simulation is simply part of the game.
Therefore the 50-year-old suggesting that English sides will be at a disadvantage in European competitions holds some value.
However, Mourinho’s comments do have to be taken with a pinch of salt as the Portuguese coach is strictly loyal to the manager’s players, meaning this could have been said to simply protect Ramires.
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