Mauricio Pochettino worked a marvel with the English language in describing how VAR affected the late stages of Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Spurs looked to have doubled its home lead with 20 minutes to play when Serge Aurier belted a far post shot past the reach of Kasper Schmeichel, but a lengthy video review showed Heung-Min Son‘s shoulder was maybe possibly offside.
[ RECAP: Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham ]
Clear and obvious? Mehhhhhhh.
Pochettino, oddly enough, chose not to debate the call but instead focused on the momentum he believes it provided to Leicester City en route to Ricardo Pereira‘s near-immediate answer and James Maddison‘s late winner.
“After 80 minutes, the game was going to be over. You gave massive belief to the team that was already dead. After we conceded the goal 1-1, we had some chances to score the second goal, but that’s what makes the Premier League the most beautiful league. You can never stop.”
He was optimistic on the overall performance following a disheartening 2-2 draw with Olympiacos at midweek, as Spurs threw away a 2-0 first half lead over the Greek hosts.
“Very disappointed because we lost the three points but in thinking the big picture I am very optimistic because the team showed great reaction after Olympiacos.”
Meanwhile, much of the rest of Twitter’s soccer world was a bit less forgiving of VAR. Even Leicester City legend Gary Lineker sent venom to the Video Assistant Referee.
3 – Tottenham have failed to win three consecutive away Premier League games when they were leading at half-time for the first time since March 2008. VAR.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 21, 2019
I’ve been pro-VAR. And most of the proposed changes to its use in offside cases are dumb.
But the Tottenham-Leicester decision is absurd. The idea is that VAR is factual. But you’d need some sort of X-ray view of Son’s anatomy to know the facts here.https://t.co/EzRo9yQwq0
— Henry Bushnell (@HenryBushnell) September 21, 2019