Manchester City head coach, Pep Guardiola, has said he didn’t understand why Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology wasn’t used against Swansea City after controversial calls helped his side register a 3-2 win in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
The reigning Premier League champions overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Swansea 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium. The hosts were left fuming at the awarding of two late goals to City, which probably wouldn’t have counted had VAR had been in action.
“If it’s not a penalty, I’m sorry.”
“If it’s offside, I’m sorry.”
“VAR is not here, I don’t like it.”
An apologetic Pep Guardiola gives his view on Man City’s controversial win over Swansea
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First, City were awarded a very soft penalty for a foul on Raheem Sterling, which Aguero converted. Later, in the 88th minute, Aguero seemed to be in an offside position when heading home the winner, but the officials, once again, failed to spot it.
Guardiola has apologised for the erroneous calls and has urged to implement the technology as soon as possible.
“I’m sorry it was offside. I don’t understand why VAR is not used in this competition at this stage. Hopefully, next season this won’t happen,” said Guardiola, as quoted by Reuters.
“The penalty was really lucky but you need it, especially when you’re in four competitions.”
He, however, was thoroughly impressed by his team’s commitment.
Pep Guardiola has reached the semi-final of the major domestic cup competition in eight of his 10 seasons as manager:
Sevilla and Wigan the only teams to knock his sides out before the last four. https://t.co/XZTrfeMzoO
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“We spoke at halftime that we need one goal and after we score one goal, the rest will be easier,” Guardiola added.
“After we scored the goal we created a lot, a lot of chances, but the spirit and persistence helped us to win the game.”