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Mourinho: I Thought I Would Love VAR

After a few contentious decisions in Tottenham Hotspur's 2-0 win over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, Jose Mourinho seems to have changed his mind regarding VAR.

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Despite beating 10-man City on Sunday evening, the Portuguese got up from his chair a number of times to chat to the fourth official during the course of the match.

In the first half, Mourinho appeared furious when Raheem Sterling was not shown a second yellow card for diving, after Ilkay Gundogan failed to convert from the penalty spot in the 40th minute.

The Portuguese and his assistant protested the decision by the referee, and the incident seems to have led to Mourinho no longer being a big believer in VAR.

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"I love football and I thought I was going to love VAR, that was my initial feeling," he said, according to The Herald.

"I love the truth... playing for three minutes and then after three minutes, the VAR gives a penalty, then if it's a penalty, no problem. We can wait 10 minutes. I just want the truth.

"I thought I was going to love VAR the way I love goal-line technology. I love goal-line technology because there is no mistake. The VAR has too many mistakes, too many.

"Look, if the ball doesn't go out, it doesn't go out. If the ball doesn't go out for three minutes or 10 minutes, you have to play.

"Then, when it's out, the decision is to be made, but the right decision. Not the wrong decision. The more time the ball is in play, the more time the VAR has to watch replays, replays and replays.

"So one more reason to give the right decision, but the game started immediately with the wrong decision. It's a red card, it's a direct red card to Sterling.

"I know that (match referee) Mike Dean has a difficult job. He's on the pitch and it's 200 miles an hour. I wouldn't like to be a referee because it's so difficult.

"Sometimes I try in training sessions and I realise that it's too difficult. So, for me, Mike Dean, good performance. The problem is the VAR."

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What changes, if any, do you believe should be made to VAR? Let us know in the comments section below.


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