‘It’s a rule we need to accept’ – Pochettino resigned to VAR

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admits he is still adapting to the use of VAR in football despite seeing the technology come to his side’s rescue once again to grab a draw against Manchester City. Pochettino’s men faced a daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium to kick off their Premier League campaign, and unsurprisingly found it difficult to keep pace with the reigning champions. Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero both scored to put City up twice over the course of the 90 minutes, although on each occasion Spurs found a way back.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Erik Lamela hit from range to cancel out Sterling’s early effort in the first half, before a header from substitute Lucas Moura tied the game at 2-2. But all of Spurs’ exertions could have counted for nothing were it not for VAR, in use for the first time in England’s top flight.  Based in the UK? Grab a Sky Sports Day Pass for just £8.99!Deep into injury time City thought they had grabbed victory through Gabriel Jesus’ goal, only for play to be brought back for a handball in the area during the build-up to the strike. The incident was uncannily akin to Tottenham’s incredible win over the Citizens in the Champions League quarter-finals, where they also benefitted from a last-gasp decision from ‘upstairs’. And while Pochettino is by no means a fan of the new technology, he is trying to make his peace with the advances.”We need to accept that [VAR]. I was a little bit critical of VAR but now we have to accept the rules,” the Argentine signalled after the final whistle to the BBC. “Now it benefits us. No doubt it won’t benefit us at other times. It’s a rule we need to accept.”Saturday’s draw cut short a run of 15 consecutive victories for City in the Premier League, dating back to the start of February. But while Pochettino was happy to see his charges take something from the game, he nevertheless wants to see improvements as the season progresses.”I’m very pleased with a point and but also knowing we need to improve. We are in a process where we need to improve in all areas and the team is going to improve step by step but we need time,” he explained.”It was an unbelievable goal [by Lucas Moura]. Always when you play a team like Manchester City, you have to play your best.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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