Tottenham Hotspur secured a vital 1-0 home victory over Chelsea in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals on Tuesday night.
The only goal that eventually made all the difference was scored by Harry Kane in the 26th minute after the referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty to the Spurs.
A controversial moment determined by the crucial VAR intervention came just before the midway point of the first half, as Kane managed to avoid the offside trap and force Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to commit a foul inside the box.
Although the Spurs failed to impose their rhythm for the majority of the game after the 25-year-old striker converted the spot-kick, Mauricio Pochettino’s men eventually walked away with full pockets.
However, the Argentinean manager has expressed his ‘unhappiness with the way his team beat the London rivals,’ admitting he doesn’t like the idea of the introduction of VAR in the Premier League.
“I don’t like the VAR,” he said. “Today we get the benefit of it, but after watching the World Cup and another league like La Liga, I see that nobody is happy from day one that they started to use it.”
"I don't like VAR. Today we got the benefit but no one is happy with VAR right from day one. To get the benefit is nice, but I'm not happy to win games like this" – Pochettino pic.twitter.com/OdqATxHIuq— Nouman (@nomifooty) January 8, 2019
“To get the benefit is nice, but I am unhappy to win the game like this.”
“We all have to agree, the players, the coaching staff, I watch La Liga every week and nobody is happy, the big clubs and the small clubs. If you are playing to win the title or to stay up nobody is happy.”
“That is a good example for us. We have six months to improve the system, and there is a lot of work to do.”
Encouraged by a promising triumph, the Spurs now return to the Premier League action as they welcome an improving Manchester United side to their brand new venue next weekend.