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Serie A: Dive more to win penalties – Mourinho tells Roma players

Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has told his players to dive to win more penalties.

Mourinho was left fuming his side were denied a spot-kick in their 1-0 defeat to Atalanta on Sunday.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss was sent off for dissent after referee Daniele Chiffi waved away calls for a penalty following a coming-together between Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo and Atalanta’s Caleb Okoli.

Mourinho has now suggested they would have had better luck had Zaniolo not tried to stay on his feet.

“There was a very clear penalty. I asked the referee afterwards why, and asked him to be clear with me that it was because Zaniolo did not go down.

“So therefore 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 the way many who dive like they’re in a swimming pool do in this league, because that is evidently how you get penalties,” Mourinho said.

Roma sit in sixth place on the Serie A table, with 13 points from their opening seven games.

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