Ange Postecoglou lamented that VAR has diminished the authority of referees after he watched nine-man Tottenham lose for the primary time within the Premier League towards Chelsea.
It was a frenetic assembly between the 2 rivals that noticed 5 disallowed objectives, two purple playing cards, a penalty and two Spurs gamers pressured off in the course of the first half with harm, as Mauricio Pochettino marked his return to north London with a memorable 4-1 victory.
However the match was dominated by VAR’s involvement with the purple playing cards two of 9 choices referred to the video referee.
Even with 9 males the hosts continued to take the sport to Chelsea and have been effectively within the contest earlier than Nicolas Jackson twice sprung their excessive line in stoppage time so as to add his crew’s third and fourth objectives and full an unlikely hat-trick.
Postecoglou’s crew had been comfortably on prime within the first half earlier than Cristian Romero’s purple card within the thirty third minute, dismissed for a harmful problem on Enzo Fernandez and conceding the penalty from which Cole Palmer equalised Dejan Kulusevski’s deflected purpose.
Future Udogie was additionally dismissed on 55 minutes, receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Raheem Sterling, however it took an additional 20 minutes earlier than Chelsea lastly took the lead for the primary time by way of Jackson.
Spurs’ evening was compounded by the lack of James Maddison and Micky van de Ven to harm on prime of what’s prone to be a three-game ban for Romero.
But it surely was VAR’s influence that dominated Postecoglou’s ideas after the sport after a complete of 21 minutes have been added on on the finish of every half.
“It’s onerous to analyse from a soccer perspective,” he stated.
“We’re left with a end result which is disappointing, however tremendous happy with the gamers’ efforts and can and need to get one thing from the sport.
“(Prolonged VAR pauses) are going to develop into the norm, I feel it’s the place the sport is heading. Sadly it’s how we’re going to have to observe and take part in soccer to any extent further.
“I don’t prefer it. I don’t just like the standing round, the entire theatre round ready for choices. However I do know I’m within the wilderness on that.
“In my 26 years, I used to be at all times ready to just accept the referee’s resolution, good, dangerous or in any other case, and I’ve had some shockers in my profession. I’ve had some go my means as effectively.
“I’ll cop that as a result of I simply need the sport to be performed. However after we’re complaining about choices each week, that is what’s going to occur.
“Persons are going to forensically scrutinise all the pieces to ensure they’re snug it’s proper, and even on the finish of that, we’re nonetheless not completely happy.
“It’s simply diminishing the authority of the referee. You may’t inform me referees are in charge of video games. They’re not. Management is outdoors of that, however that’s the place the sport’s going. You must settle for it and try to cope with it.”
Pochettino mirrored on a sport by which, regardless of a number of contentious choices, he felt his crew have been deserved victors.
“I feel we deserved to win,” he stated.
“We pressured them to make too many errors. Tottenham have been higher within the first quarter-hour however then we matched the sport. Our efficiency was good.
“All the pieces you’ll be able to see in the course of the sport I feel was truthful. We evaluate to the Tottenham Liverpool sport, an analogous sport like as we speak. Liverpool complained. However as we speak, all the pieces that occurred was truthful. That’s why I feel 4-1, the efficiency was good.”