Jose Mourinho still believes there are no divers at Chelsea, despite seeing another of his players booked for simulation during a second successive game.
The Portuguese manager, who watched on as Ramires tumbled under minimal contact during the Blues' 2-0 FA Cup win over Derby, remains unmoved when discussing the influence of potential divers at his club, per Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail:
I maintain there are no divers at Chelsea.
The reason we have had two yellow cards for diving is the referees are very good and at other clubs, where there are really divers, they’re not booked.
There’s a big difference between being booked for diving and being a diver. If you want to look at players who are doing that every weekend it’s very easy. Sit in front of the TV.
Mourinho also claimed bookings for Oscar and Ramires were "isolated incidents," despite both cautions coming under major scrutiny from both the press and fans.
Oscar's dramatic fall to the ground received major criticism during the Premier League encounter with Southampton on Jan. 1. Ramires' alleged dive has now focused the spotlight on Chelsea's squad even more intensely.
Discussion of diving has raged on this season after many top stars have seen it necessary to hit the deck in a bid to win their team a set-piece.
Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj received his third booking of the season for simulation after he collided with Tottenham's Danny Rose during the Red Devils' New Year's Day defeat, per Metro. Despite the decision looking harsh, the talented 18-year-old's reputation preceded him.
Something must be in the water at Old Trafford, as both Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young continue to look for intervention by crumbling under questionable contact.
Back in Oct. 2013, Mourinho accused Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen of a similar offence and claimed he had warned Didier Drogba and Arjen Robben of diving during his first spell as Chelsea boss.
He also stated any of his players would be in "big trouble" if they dive, per Matt Law of the Daily Mirror.
Daniel Taylor of The Guardian hinted that, despite two of his Brazilian stars being booked for simulation, Mourinho will quickly remove such incidents from Chelsea's play:
All eyes will be on the West London side's squad when they travel to Hull on Jan. 11.
Although Mourinho is right to stand by his team, the former Real Madrid coach's argument will be struck down if any of his players are shown a yellow for diving in the near future.