Jose Mourinho has branded Van Persie among Ronaldo, Torres and Drogba as the worst divers in the Premiership. Speaking to Ford feelfootball.com he said:
“I am no longer Chelsea manager and I don’t have to defend them so I think it’s correct if I say [Didier] Drogba is a diver, [Cristiano] Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Robin van Persie are the divers who won more penalties during the last four or five years.
“English football criticises divers. In England, coaches teach the kids how to play a game of football but in Italy, Spain and Portugal, coaches teach the kids how to win a game.
“When players go England they need to adapt. Drogba today is better than he was before. Ronaldo is better than he was. And Torres will be better too.”
It is surprising the former Chelsea boss criticised Drogba in this way as they are still in respect of each other but labelling Van Persie as a diver is harsh to say the least. If you were going to accuse an Arsenal player of diving it would have to be Eboue.
In other news Julio ‘The Beast’ Baptista has admitted he misses the Premiership and enjoyed his time at Arsenal.
“I wasn’t fed up and don’t regret it at all. I learnt a lot of things from Wenger, one of the top-class coaches in Europe today, and I wanted to stay,” Baptista told The Independent. “But in the end Real Madrid didn’t want to do business with Reyes, so it could not be. My best memory was to score four goals at Liverpool.”
“I liked the intensity of the games, the speed that made you think twice as fast as you were used to,” he added. “What I didn’t like was too much allowance from the referees.
“Some ugly fouls, like the one [at Birmingham last season] on Eduardo da Silva that was typical. It happens too often, this savage type of tackling.
“But The Premier League is ahead of all the other leagues, not so much in quality but in this intensity. Because of the way the game is played, they get from the players everything we can give.”
Before Baptista was signed he went through endless speculation the previous season as a replacement for Vieira but joined Real Madrid instead. A year later he was flogged out on loan to Arsenal where he played in attack just as for Madrid. Having been mooted as the successor to Vieira it was somewhat strange Wenger decided to play ‘The Beast’ in attack where it is safe to say didn’t really impress. However it makes you wonder how good would he have been in central midfield partnering Cesc Fabregas, the position he played so well at Sevilla. What do you think?