Jose Mourinho has criticised Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for the penalty claim controversy that erupted in the wake of Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday evening.
Labelling the Uruguayan "acrobatic," the Blues boss was left ruffled by Suarez's attempt to win his side a penalty at Stamford Bridge, stating that the forward should have been booked for simulation.
This is a special country. I’m not English but I feel I have a responsibility in defending some values in this football. One of the good things we have is we don’t like simulation.
This situation in the box, with Azpilicueta and Eto’o, stop this or give Suarez a yellow card. It’s not good for our game. Eto’o comes in and it looks like somebody shot him (Suarez) in the back. For me that is a clear yellow card.
He’s doing an acrobatic swimming-pool jump to try to get the penalty because he’s so clever he knows he’s in the penalty area with the Liverpool supporters behind. If a Chelsea player did that, I’d tell them not to do it.
The incident occurred with visiting Liverpool trailing and under 10 minutes left in the match, but Eto'o's abrupt challenge on Suarez certainly appeared to warrant the spot kick.
This was after another strong claim earlier in the fixture when John Terry came under fire from the away fans for a physical challenge of his own, once again with Suarez playing the role of victim.
However, the foul by Eto'o was more blatant and was clearly seen by referee Howard Webb, who waved away Liverpool appeals.
There was added controversy due to the fact that Eto'o was arguably fortunate not to have been sent off for a challenge on Jordan Henderson just inside his own half.
The Mirror's John Cross mentions that Rodgers thought the Blues striker deserved to be sent off:
Rodgers defended Suarez - and also claimed Eto'o should have been sent off.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) December 29, 2013
However, the Cameroonian went on to score the 34th-minute winner, handing Liverpool even more reason to feel aggrieved by the outcome.
The result means that Liverpool now lie in fifth, six points away from league leaders Arsenal, while Chelsea are just two points off the pace and sit third.
It's not the first time in recent weeks that Mourinho has commented on players not coping well with the physical aspect of the game.
Following last week's 0-0 stalemate between Chelsea and Arsenal, the Portuguese was reported by the Daily Mail's Mokbel once again, this time insulting the Gunners for their approach to the fixture:
You know, they like to cry. That’s tradition. But I prefer to say, and I was telling it to the fourth official, that English people — Frank Lampard, for example — would never provoke a situation like that. Players from other countries, especially some countries, have that in their blood.
If you have contact or the opponent was aggressive, let’s go, keep going, this is English football. Foreign players are bringing lots of good things. They come here because they are talented, but I prefer English blood in football.
This time it wasn't an Englishman who was directly involved on Mourinho's behalf, with Eto'o the man who Reds fans felt had targeted Suarez inside the penalty area.
Mourinho may find himself having to give one of his players a talk, regardless, as it was Eden Hazard who was arguably most at fault for diving, although his initial equaliser will be what's remembered more from the encounter.
Monday morning saw Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville tweet his thoughts on the match, concerning Webb's refereeing performance and Chelsea's display:
Brendan Rodgers unsurprisingly saw the matter in a different light to Mourinho and, per Mokbel's report, claimed Eto'o was guilty on more than one occasion:
That was a wild shank where he’s come down his (Henderson's) knee and shin and he didn’t even get a yellow card.
That’s the first wild challenge. The second one, Luis will always provoke a challenge in the box. Eto’o blocks him. That could have been a penalty on another day.
Webb failed to award either Eto'o or Suarez a caution for their alleged offences, raising question marks over exactly what the official did see during the incidents.
The Blues don't travel back to Anfield for another four months, but the next clash between Chelsea and Liverpool now promises to have an extra bit of spice added to the mix.