The Italian manager didn’t like the way the referee made use of Video Assistant Referee by the match officials during Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash against Tottenham.

In a post-match interview on Tuesday, Maurizio Sarri doubted the ability of English referees making use of the VAR system after a very controversial penalty awarded to Tottenham which ultimately won them the match.

Harry Kane was tripped by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the 25th minute of the first half and requested for the referee to review the sequence.

Maurizio Sarri admits his side had problems before their defeat to Spurs (AFP/Getty Images)

When reviewing the episode, doubts were raised on whether Kane was offside before being tripped and also on whether the England captain was legitimately fouled or not by Kepa.

Sarri was able to review the play after the match and even brought the club analyst’s laptop in his post-match interviews to make his point clear.

“A few minutes ago I watched the video from our camera. It was offside. Our camera was in line with Harry Kane,” Sarri said in an interview with Sky Sports.

“Offside with the head, the knee. Offside. It was really important the linesman carried on running, he had a big impact on our defenders.

“I don’t think English referees are able to use the system.

“If you are not sure with the system, you have to follow the ball and at the end of the action decide. But he stopped it and didn’t follow the ball – for our defenders it was offside. I don’t know about the goalkeeper but sure the defenders.

“I think they have to study the system.

“It’s very strange in the Premier League there isn’t VAR and in Carabao Cup there is the system. It’s very strange for us, the players and referees.”

In response to Sarri’s claims, Harry Kane thought the match officials were correct with their decision saying ‘they got it right’ to give them their match-winning penalty.

Having claimed the first leg of the semi-final tie, Tottenham will now have a slight advantage over the Blues heading into the second leg to be held on the 24th of January.

In the meantime, Chelsea will face Newcastle and Arsenal while Tottenham are set to face Manchester United and Fulham in the league.



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