Lazio forward Pedro has responded to Jose Mourinho’s suggestions that he’d make a ‘good diver’ after Derby della Capitale.
Lazio and AS Roma played out a 0-0 draw in Serie A last Sunday as both sides missed opportunities in a heated derby clash.
After the match, Roma manager Jose Mourinho criticized the referee and accused his former player Pedro of diving.
Speaking to SportItalia via TMW, former Barcelona player Pedro was asked about Mourinho’s comments about him.
“We all know what Mou is like, he has also done it in the past. He says one thing, he says another. I remember when we won against his Real Madrid he said other things, when we beat his United 4-0 – I was at Chelsea – he said even more.
“Last year, in the Rome derbies, he said even more. It’s always like this, when he doesn’t talk about the referee. he talks about the schedule, about a player who throws himself to the ground. I know him very well, he’s a very funny man.“
He added: “I took it with great fairness because I know he uses words to diffuse the great tension of the derby. I know him very well, having had him as a coach.”
The 36-year-old Pedro joined Roma in 2020, but after only one year he terminated his contract and joined their rivals Lazio. He has scored 18 goals in 94 matches for Lazio.
The Spanish winger also was asked to explain why he left Roma to join their bitter rivals.
“The story was born in the press conference, because it was announced that I was out of the squad. From that moment on many teams started calling, one of these was Lazio.
“Sarri himself asked me: ‘What’s happening? I saw that you are out of the squad and that you have a problem with the club.’ I replied to him that I didn’t know the reason for the club’s decision and that I was training with the Primavera.
“We had never talked about it. He wanted to understand what had happened because, knowing me very well, he knows that I always train to the maximum. I hadn’t spoken to Mourinho. I wanted to talk to the owners, but they told me it wasn’t possible.
“So, after three weeks, with the market closing. I spoke to Sarri who told me: ‘Come here, there’s room for you’. I had already worked with him, and I took the opportunity to play in a historic team.”