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Jose Mourinho encourages his Roma players to throw themselves to win on penalties after Atalanta loss

Roma manager Jose Mourinho has suggested his players should start diving after he was sent off during his team’s 1-0 defeat by Atalanta.

Mourinho was furious after Roma failed to get a penalty after an incident involving Nicolo Zaniolo.

Zaniolo was involved in an argument with Atalanta’s Caleb Okoli but didn’t go into the box.

Mourinho slammed referee Daniele Chiffi, suggesting his players have to dive to get penalties.

As reported by Football Italia, Mourinho said: “There was a very clear penalty. I asked the referee why and asked him to make it clear to me that it was because Zaniolo didn’t go down.

“So I have to change my advice to my players, I have to tell them don’t try to stay on your feet, don’t play the ball, be a clown like many who dive like they’re swimming pool in this league , because that’s obviously how you get penalties.’

Roma sit sixth in Serie A after their defeat, with Giorgio Scalvini scoring the only goal of the game.

Mourinho’s side suffered a setback before the game as Paulo Dybala picked up an injury in warm-up, meaning he had to be replaced by Nemanja Matic in the starting XI.

Reflecting on the game, Mourinho said that he felt Roma played well enough to win the game.

He said: “It went badly because we lost a game that we should have easily won given how we played.

If we imagine that dominance in the last third, with many chances created, we can speculate that it would have been different with Paulo on the field.

“Nevertheless, those who played played well enough to win the game easily, but unfortunately we didn’t score and that’s why we lost.

“It’s not pleasant to go empty-handed, but it was a good effort, good spirit. We didn’t dominate Monza or Cremonese like Atalanta for 90 minutes here.’

Mourinho also defended Tammy Abraham, although the England striker missed an inviting first-half opportunity.

He said: “Tammy is an extraordinary boy who wants to do well and suffers when he doesn’t do well. He had a minor injury, games didn’t go well, it’s not a good moment for him. Strikers are like that, they go through these periods.

“But no criticism, he’s still a good boy and a great professional, he’s not vacationing here, he wants to learn and improve. He will make it.’

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