Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso has revealed he does not know how the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system works following their loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs were awarded a controversial goal in their 1-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg semi-final of the EFL Cup and the Blues defenders were enraged as they felt that they stopped for an offside signal, carried on, and gave away the foul that eventually became Harry Kane’s penalty.
Speaking after the game, Alonso insists it was disappointing for the Blues to concede in such a controversial manner.
“You come here, you play a good game and you go back home with a 1-0 defeat, it’s very disappointing,” said Alonso, according to Independent.
“Maybe [we were] unlucky because they only had one chance, and it was thanks to the linesman, the VAR. I think when watching it on video it looks like it’s offside, and the linesman has stopped and put the flag up so we all stopped.”
Alonso blames the assistant referee for ‘stopping’, making the Chelsea defenders think the game was stopped.
“The referee told me they have explained it to us already,” he said.
“But I think maybe they haven’t explained it to this linesman, because he stopped. I think if there is any doubt that it is not offside, he has to continue running.”
“The guy stopped, I think if we have to wait for VAR, I think he has to continue,” he said. “It is a bit confusing. When he stopped to put the flag, and then we have to keep running, I think it changes [things]. Because maybe Kepa gets out to the ball quicker, or maybe as a defender you have to run back, but we stopped because the linesman stopped.”
“Even when you look at it on the computer it looks offside, so I don’t understand how it works,” he said.
“It created a lot of confusion. They have to explain it properly to the linesmen, the referees, and to us.”