Jose Mourinho has to be the most controversial manager in football’s history. In Mourinho’s complete outrage vintage style, the boss was seen flaring up after Raheem Sterling who had a yellow card already, wasn’t booked for a second time for a dive. Mourinho could be seen challenging referee Mike Dean and was furious. But that’s not all the drama that occurred, the Tottenham boss also criticized VAR for several decision making.
Despite Mourinho’s side winning 2-0 to 10-man Manchester City in an action-packed Premier League clash, the boss questioned some of VAR’s decisions. One of those decision came when Raheem Sterling was spared from being sent off for a foul on Deli Alli. The also much talked about penalty controversy after Serge Aurier’s challenge on Sergio Aguero.
Minutes later Oleksandr Zinchenko was given a red card City in the 60th minute. To Tottenham’s delight, the host took advantage of City’s red card and Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring in the 63rd minute. Son Heung-min wrapped things up with a goal in the 71st minute giving his side a 2-0 victory.
Mourinho, who saw his side move up to fifth in the Premier League could not celebrate this victory, as he was clearly unhappy with the VAR outcome throughout the game. Speaking on VAR and its effect on football the Spurs boss said, ”I love football and I thought I was going to love VAR, that was my initial feeling.”
“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” he added.
Speaking on the referee decision throughout the game Mourinho said, ”I know that 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 VAR.”
Mourinho, who took over from Pochettino back in November is hoping to finish top four this season. Sources close to the boss, have said he is preparing to make several transfers over the summer in an effort to strengthen his side’s defense.
See a video below of Mourinho challenging Mike Dean’s decision.