Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is not a fan of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, despite the use of video replays helping the club get a penalty which Harry Kane duly converted to give them a 1-0 win over Chelsea in the first leg of the semifinal of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.
Kane was initially flagged offside before being fouled by goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the first half, however the use of VAR revealed that he was onside, which led to the striker being awarded a penalty.
Despite Tottenham winning the tie, Pochettino was not happy with the system.
“To be honest, I am not happy with that system. It is a system that we still need to be agreed [on] in the way we are going to use it. I think a good example is La Liga. No one is happy because no one knows the clear way we are going to use it,” Pochettino said post the game.
“Sometimes we cannot talk about football that must be fair, because in different games, for example today maybe Chelsea shoot more than Tottenham. But to talk about fair or unfair, it’s about the decision of the referee. Sometimes they can make a mistake, like we make a mistake or the players on the pitch. But it is a system that sometimes killed the emotions.
“Of course today it was an advantage for us, a good decision for Tottenham, but I didn’t celebrate because we were waiting five minutes,” he concluded.
The result gives Tottenham a lead going into the second leg and a chance to move into the final as they look for a first trophy since 2008.