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Ange Postecoglou slams VAR as Tottenham manager offers Cristian Romero injury update

Spurs boss saw his side make hard work of win over Everton

Despite it seemed to go his way when it disallowed an Everton goal in the second half of Tottenham’s 2-1 home victory, Ange Postecoglou criticized VAR once more.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin believed he had given the Toffees a 2-0 lead after goals from Richarlison and Heung-min Son, but referee Stuart Attwell went to the screen on VAR’s advice and ruled it out for a foul that Andre Gomes had committed on Emerson Royal.

Gomes’ excellent goal finally put Everton up 2-1, but Postecoglou continued to criticize VAR after the game even though his team managed to win all three points.

Asked whether Everton’s disallowed goal showed that VAR had actually helped his side out, Postecoglou replied:

“What makes it beneficial to us? It was not fair. It was of no use to us. VAR is not to my taste. People employ language that “helps” or “goes against” things, and that’s part of the issue.

“Even though it’s a used tool, I still don’t like it.” Did it assist us? It may or may not have aided us. We could have scored a third if that goal had stood. The allure of football lies in it. As I’ve previously stated, I don’t like how VAR is being utilized, and I didn’t like how it was used today either. Yes, in my opinion it was a foul. However, the referee overlooked it and most likely overlooked another foul as well. That is a component of football and the game.

Reflecting on a hard-fought victory, the Aussie said: “The result is very pleasing against a really difficult opponent. Everton have been the in-form team of the competition in the last few weeks, and you can see why today — they

Put up a lot of effort at work.

“We had a strong start to the game. Finally, we overtook them. We just relaxed back a little bit after we took a 2-0 lead, and I believed it gave them the opportunity to reenter the game.

“Vic [Guglielmo Vicario], who was excellent again today, made a couple of spectacular saves. We had a varied performance, so it had a little bit of everything, but what’s nice is that we still managed to win three points.

We had to protect ourselves at times, and we did. Vic made several excellent saves tonight and was excellent. We have had him since day one, and although we didn’t always need him, we did today. He has been fantastic.

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