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Spurs head coach Mourinho criticises VAR despite a win over strong Manchester City

PUBLISHED: 13:00 03 February 2020

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is booked for a challenge on Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is booked for a challenge on Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

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Head coach Jose Mourinho has criticised VAR despite Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 win against 10-men Manchester City in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur's Steven Bergwijn (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.Tottenham Hotspur's Steven Bergwijn (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London.

The 57-year-old Portuguese boss felt a number of decisions had gone against Tottenham before they took the lead, insisting Raheem Sterling should have been sent off for an early foul on Dele Alli.

Although they did go on to win thanks to goals from debutant Steven Bergwijn and Heung-Min Son to move them up to fifth in the Premier League.

"I thought I was going to love VAR. That was my initial feeling. I love the truth. So when your colleague was asking about playing for three minutes and then after three minutes, the VAR gives a penalty, then if it's a penalty no problem.

"We can wait ten minutes. I just want the truth.

"I thought I was going to love VAR the way I love goal-line technology. Even if I don't win the game because of one inch, like at Watford, I love goal-line technology because there is no mistake. The VAR has too many mistakes, too many."

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Manchester City were awarded a penalty after Sergio Aguero went down inside the box but not until it was given by VAR when the ball went out of play many minutes later in the 38th minute.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris denied Ilkay Gundogan from the spot but Mourinho revealed he has no problem with how long it takes as long as they get everything correct in the match.

"Look if the ball doesn't go out it doesn't go out. If the ball doesn't go out for three minutes or 10 minutes you have to play.

"Then when it's out the decision is to be made, but the right decision. Not the wrong decision.

"The more time the ball is in play, the more time the VAR has to watch replays, replays and replays.

"So one more reason to give the right decision, but the game started immediately with the wrong decision. It's a red card, it's a direct red card to Sterling.

"I don't know. I know it's a direct red card immediately in the beginning of the game. I know that Mike Dean has a difficult job. He's on the pitch and it's 200 miles an hour.

"I wouldn't like to be a referee because it's so difficult. Sometimes I try in training sessions and I realise that it's too difficult. So for me Mike Dean, good performance. The problem is the VAR."


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