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Pep Guardiola calls for improvements to VAR

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Guardiola wants to see fixes to VAR after watching his team denied late winner against Tottenham hotspur.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has directed some strong comments towards VAR, following his teams 2-2 draw with Spurs.

The Spanish technician told Goal, that he felt VAR had made too many mistakes in its short term in the Premier League and needed to improve.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: The big screen shows the VAR decision of No Goal for Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

“I thought we left that situation in Tottenham in the Champions League last season,” Guardiola told Sky Sports after the game. “But it is the same. The referee and VAR disallow it. It’s the second time [it’s happened] – it’s tough. It’s honestly tough but it’s the way it is.”

“It happened last week with Wolves and we saw for Chelsea on Wednesday. The keeper wasn’t on his line, Adrian in the penalty shoot-out. They have to fix it. The whistle inside matches now isn’t quite clear. But they believe it’s hands with Llorente in the Champions League and sometimes they don’t.”

“It was incredible it wasn’t a penalty in the first half [for the foul on Rodri in the box] but VAR said it wasn’t.”

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 17: A goal scored by Leondro Trossard of Brighton and Hove Albion is checked and later disallowed following a VAR check during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and West Ham United at American Express Community Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Comments like these may seem like bitterness from Pep, however he touches on some important points. Multiple pundits have already commented on the inconsistencies in the new technology and with many incidents raising more confusion every week, we may not see an end to its criticisms.


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