Chelsea reveal different angle on Harry Kane VAR offside call in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup win
Maurizio Sarri is convinced Harry Kane’s VAR-approved winner in Tottenham’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg victory over Chelsea should have been ruled out for offside – and believes he has the evidence to prove it.
Kane was flagged offside as he ran onto a through ball in the first half before being upended by Chelsea ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. However, after consulting VAR – which judged Kane to be onside – referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty to Spurs, which Kane converted.
However, Chelsea’s head coach was insistent in his post-match interview with Sky Sports that, according to the club’s recording of the game, which had a more side-on view of Kane’s position than the official VAR shots, the striker was comfortably ahead of his marker.
Sarri was also critical of the linesman involved in the incident, arguing he should not have flagged for offside until the phase of play was completed, and going on to suggest English referees cannot currently use VAR correctly.
“I saw the video from our camera a few minutes ago, it was offside,” said Sarri. “Our camera was in line with Kane, and it was offside, but it’s not important.
Maurizio Sarri claimed that Chelsea’s video analysis showed that Harry Kane was offside in the lead up to Spurs’ penalty given by VAR.
Maurizio Sarri claimed Chelsea’s video analysis showed Harry Kane was offside in the lead up to Spurs’ penalty given by VAR
“If you’re not sure with this system, you have to follow the ball, and at the end of the move you decide. In this case, he stopped. He didn’t follow the ball, so for our defender it was offside.
Mauricio Pochettino does not believe that VAR is the right solution for the Premier League despite being on the right side of a decision in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg.
Mauricio Pochettino does not believe VAR is the right solution for the Premier League despite being on the right side of a decision in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg
“I don’t know about the goalkeeper, but for sure the defenders. It’s not important, you have to study the system. In Italy in the first period it as difficult to understand, but it’s very strange how in the Premier League there isn’t this system and it is in the Carabao Cup. It’s strange for us, the players and the referees.”