Pep Guardiola insists the use of VAR must be more consistent after Manchester City were denied a late winner in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham .
Gabriel Jesus thought he had slammed in a last-gasp third goal for City, only for VAR to chalk the strike off due to a handball from Aymeric Laporte – in scenes similar to those from the epic Champions League clash against Spurs last season. While the video review system came to Spurs’ rescue, it did not aid City earlier in proceedings, when Erik Lamela clearly man-handled Rodri from a corner.
‘It’s a penalty,’ he added. ‘Rodri went down but VAR in that moment was taking a coffee.’ ‘You have to see it properly. But we saw the game, one conducted for the officials.
Ask the VAR, ask them in London, the big bosses. ‘What happened in the Champions League, the last minute from Raheem (Sterling) and today is the same. It’s tough because we play good and we score a nice goal in the last moment. ‘‘The first time they crossed the halfway line they scored a goal and the second one was a set piece,’ Guardiola said of Saturday’s match. ‘Tottenham are second-best team in Europe and it was an incredible performance. One of the best since I have been here.’
Hugo Lloris admitted he could not see the VAR officials overturning the goal. ‘To be honest I thought it was a goal,’ the Tottenham captain said. ‘The way the referee took his decision was 100 per cent, then VAR cancelled the goal and it’s a bit unlucky for City.
They have to fix it,’ Guardiola said. ‘The whistle inside matches now isn’t quite clear. Christiansen isn’t hands and Laporte today is hands.
That is what we need to qualify. ‘Why is it not hands with (Fernando) Llorente (in last season’s Champions League quarter-final) and why is it hands today? Sometimes they believe it is hands and sometimes not. ‘It happened last week with Wolves and we saw for Chelsea on Wednesday – the keeper wasn’t on his line – Adrian in the penalty shoot-out.’
Jesus replaced Sergio Aguero, who appeared to argue with Guardiola as he left the pitch, but City’s boss shrugged off any suggestion of a serious dispute. “He believed that I was unhappy with him for the goal we conceded,” Guardiola said. “But it was just the fact that I wanted movement in that moment and Aguero could not do that. But it’s part of our game, it’s emotions and we talked after and talked during. I love him a lot.”