Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has claimed that his side were victims of a VAR gaffe on Tuesday night against Tottenham.
The Blues have lost 1-0 to their London rivals in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final clash at Wembley Stadium.
“I saw the video from our camera a few minutes ago, it was offside.”
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was not happy with last night’s VAR call…
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The Spurs have secured their first leg win through the penalty spot in controversial circumstances.
Harry Kane had been brought down by Blues goalkeeper Kepa and referee Michael Olivier initially blew up for offside.
But after consulting a VAR, the offside decision was overturned and Kane awarded a penalty.
“A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside,” Sarri said after the game.
“Our camera was in line with Harry Kane. Offside with the head, the knee. Offside.”
“It was really important the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.”
Sarri, who was unhappy with the officials’ decision, has claimed that English referees don’t know how to use VAR properly.
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“I don’t think English referees are able to use the system,” he continued.
“If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide.”
“But he stopped it and didn’t follow the ball – for our defenders it was offside. I don’t know about the goalkeeper but sure the defenders. I think they have to study the system.”
“It’s very strange in the Premier League there isn’t VAR and in Carabao Cup there is the system.”
“It’s very strange for us, the players and referees.”
Chelsea are back in the Premier League action on Saturday evening as they host Newcastle United before travelling to Arsenal on January 19.