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Mourinho: Osimhen On Same Level With Drogba, But Needs To Stop Diving

Mourinho: Osimhen On Same Level With Drogba, But Needs To Stop Diving

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho has kind words for Victor Osimhen and admitted he would buy the Nigerian for his team.

Mourinho however believes Osimhen needs to cut out diving from his game.

The 24-year-old scored a stunning goal as Napoli defeated Roma 2-1 at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on Sunday night.

The goal extended his lead in the Capocannoniere charts to 14.

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Osimhen controllrd Kvicha Kvaratskhelia’s cross with his chest, then juggled it on his right thigh before smashing in the right-foot volley.

Speaking at a press conference after Roma’s 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Maradona, Mourinho was asked about Osimhen in comparison with a player he worked with at Chelsea, the legend Drogba.

“He is of the same level as Drogba, but Didier didn’t dive,” replied Mourinho

“If Victor changes, then Okay. I’d buy him if I was at a club with a lot of money. However, if he does go to England one day, he needs to change, because in Italy they put up with this sort of behaviour, whereas in the Premier League, they’d come down hard on him.”

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Mourinho also spoke to Osimhen after the match.

“I told him that he scored a wonderful goal and needs to stop diving so much. His goal was fantastic, he did the same thing when we met earlier this season, so he’s a fantastic player. But he mustn’t dive.”

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • osaretin 1 year ago

    kind words by Mourinoh but the fact of the matter, Drogba was a diver in the premier leauge

  • Every player dives to get the decision of the referees…..We should also consider that osimhen is a target of hard tackles from defenders so he needs to call the referees attention to it by diving……All in all your observations are noted Mr Mourinho and we will work on them.

  • Drogba , king of diving . Jose please rejig your memmory.

  • Jibo 1 year ago

    Thanks Mr Mourinho but if Osimhen was your player I am sure you will not be saying this.
    If my memory serves me well, Didier Drogba was good at diving too.

    As the saying goes here, the person that gets caught is the thief.

  • mikee 1 year ago

    This is the most obnoxious accusation there is. What is diving? the referees often miss some subtle tackles or pushing and the player is accused of diving. In my opinion of diving is when no one touches you, but if slip as result of going for the ball it is not diving. No striker who has an opportunity to score intentionally falls down with no one touching him.

  • Edoman 1 year ago

    Don’t listen to Mourinho. Drogba was a master of diving, even when he played against Nigeria. Might be Mourinho has completely forgotten.

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