Mauricio Pochettino slams VAR after Aston Villa 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea managed to grind out a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa in the Premier League yesterday.

However, manager Mauricio Pochettino was unhappy with the decision to rule out a later winner from Chelsea.

The Blues did well to come back from 2-0 down to grind out a point from the game, but the Argentine manager feels that this side would have won the game, had it not been for VAR.

Axel Disasi scored a late goal for the Blues but VAR decided to overturn the goal because of a foul from Benoit Badiashile in the build-up.

The Chelsea manager believes that the decision was wrong by the officials and it had a damaging effect on the team and the fans as well. Pochettino claims that it was a normal challenge and the goal should have stood.

“Me and you and everyone in the stadium watching the game, they didn’t see a foul on the pitch and then VAR changed the decision of the referee. For me that was a normal challenge. The decision was there and that’s it,” Pochettino said (h/t ESPN).

“For me, it damaged a little bit the Premier League and English [football]. If we want to be the best league in the world it should be protecting the spectacle and the decision … [it] damaged myself, damaged my team, my players, the fans,” he added.

Chelsea performed very well against Aston Villa

Chelsea did extremely well to overturn the deficit during the game, and they will be pleased with their performance away from home. Aston Villa have been quite impressive this season and to overturn a two-goal deficit away from home against them, will give the Blues some much-needed confidence boost. It will be interesting to see if Chelsea can build on this performance in the coming weeks and finish the season strongly.

It has been a disappointing season from them and they are said to miss out on European football for the next season. For a club of their stature, it will be a devastating blow.

In addition to that, it will be a blow to their revenues and it remains to be seen whether Chelsea can strengthen their squad adequately during the summer transfer window. They will need to comply with the financial regulations and they cannot afford to spend over the odds.

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