Spurs boss Pochettino maintains his ground on the use of VAR

Spurs boss Pochettino maintains his ground on the use of VAR


Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has maintained his stance on the introduction of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to the game of football.

The Argentine manager believes the technology will kill the spirit of the game despite the VAR helping Spurs to reach the last four of the Champions League against fierce rival Manchester City after the tie ended 4-4 on aggregate but away goal rule saw Spurs advance to the semifinal.

Fernando Llorente scored the third goal for Spurs which was allowed to stand after a thorough review after the ball appeared to be a hand-ball but the review showed the ball hit the attacker’s hit and went into the net.

And in the additional time of the game, Raheem Sterling’s goal was rubbed out as replays showed City teammate Sergio Aguero was marginally offside.

Pochettino has had misgivings about the review system in the past and they still remain.

“I didn’t watch. I promise, I didn’t watch,” he said of the replays.

“It is difficult after the game to be relaxed or calm. You need to trust in the VAR when it is against or for you.

“The decision to include VAR in football is going to change the game a little bit. I am pro the basis and trying to help the referees and maybe one year ago I was a little bit worried.

“Today my feeling is the same when it is for you, you need to accept. When it is against you, you need to accept.

“Like the penalty in the first leg or the situation Fernandinho on Harry Kane that the referee can check.

“The situations that are happening in every single game we are watching, like yesterday Barcelona against Manchester United, it was a penalty, not a penalty?”

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