Pep Guardiola says VAR is killing the passion in football after controversy in Man City opening win over West Ham
PEP GUARDIOLA says VAR is killing the passion in football.
The system caused delays during Manchester City’s 5-0 romp at West Ham and the visiting fans sang “What the f*** is going on?”
Boss Guardiola said: “Maybe the intensity and passion will leave. It is going to change the dynamic — not just for the team but also for the spectators.
“You have to be calm and be strong, this will be a good lesson. Maybe it will be quicker in future.”
Striker Gabriel Jesus, who bagged the opener, had an effort chalked off for a marginal offside against Raheem Sterling in the build-up.
There was another halt in play before the cameras confirmed that hat-trick hero Sterling had been onside when notching City’s third.
Sergio Aguero also saw a penalty saved — only to score from the retake when VAR ruled that Declan Rice had encroached into the box from the first attempt.
And Guardiola reckons uncertainty over the VAR system could suck joy out of the game.
He added: “You have to celebrate a goal when it’s clear.
“When there are doubts, you can celebrate — but always be focused because maybe it’s not regular — and you have to continue and not lose your momentum. This is going to happen many times.”
Guardiola admits no VAR decision will ever be as painful as the one which ruled out Sterling’s 95th- minute ‘winner’ in their Champions League quarter-final against Spurs at the Etihad.
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He added: “All the 60,000 in joy, dancing, jumping — and one second later we lost because it was offside.
“It will never be comparable with what we lived last season.”
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “Football is so fast now it is impossible for referees to see it all. VAR will improve things.”