Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola ‘a big fan of VAR’ after win at Schalke

Nicolas Otamendi (left) protested his innocence for Schalke’s first penalty

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola acknowledged he’s “a mountainous fan of VAR” despite his aspect conceding two penalties and having a man despatched off in a Champions League final-16 first-leg clutch at Schalke.

Nabil Bentaleb scored two first-half of penalties however City rallied to grab 3-2.

“Or now not it is a penalty. The 2d one is simply too,” acknowledged Guardiola. “Offside too. And the red card in general is a red card.

“I belief VAR. I possess arguments in most cases however now not this time. They’re both penalties.”

The first of the penalties used to be for handball by Nicolas Otamendi, with the VAR overturning the referee’s decision.

The 2d used to be given for a Fernandinho contemptible on Salif Sane – the video referee confirming the choice, though Sane regarded marginally offside as the free-kick got right here in.

Otamendi used to be despatched off within the 2d half of for a 2d booking, having been shown his first yellow card for conceding the first penalty. Yellow cards are now not reviewed by the VAR.

Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling scored within the final five minutes to give City victory in Germany, after Sergio Aguero opened the scoring early on.

The conceal at the aspect of the pitch did now not work for the penalty conceded by Otamendi, with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande having to rely on the video officers to invent the choice for him.

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Four VAR choices on Wednesday – however had been they appropriate?

To boot to Schalke’s two penalties, there had been two mountainous calls in Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 clutch over Juventus within the evening’s other game.

Did the pundits think the choices had been appropriate? And set you?

Otamendi’s handball…

Daniel Caligiuri hit a shot from the fringe of the build which got right here off Otamendi’s arm, which used to be down by his aspect. The referee gave a nook before every little thing however, after a lengthy consultation, awarded a penalty.

Ex-City defender Danny Mills on BBC Radio 5 live: “If it used to be on the goalline what would you utter? A penalty and a red card.

“I develop now not know what is and is never always handball. Otamendi is attempting to secure his arm out of the manner, or now not it is in a pure location, however it stops the ball hitting the arrangement.

“The peril is now not VAR, the peril is the legislation. The rule for handball is the most convoluted, ridiculous legislation on the earth.

“But without VAR it would never possess been given. Used to be it a clear and evident error? That might per chance well well be my entirely argument – that it used to be now not a clear and evident error to overturn the choice, and that is what or now not it is imagined to be there for.”

Used City midfielder Michael Brown: “There might per chance be now not any way or now not it is deliberate handball. Otamendi gets location, sees he’s in danger, that or now not it is heading in the direction of his arm. He very rapidly tries to build it within the again of his again however the ball is hit that swiftly at his arm that he can not secure it out of the manner.

“It used to be per chance the longest VAR in ancient past deciding the lawful decision. I develop now not think they knew. Then finally they offer the penalty.”

Matt in Manchester: “How will you call that handball? The referee is looking out at that again by process of VAR in necessary slo-mo which is the opposite of what VAR is imagined to be extinct for. It ought to be shown in proper time. An wait on to the ref within the time he gets to seek for it. Ridiculous decision.”

Fernandinho contemptible…

Fernandinho (on the ground) conceded City’s 2d penalty

Caligiuri whipped a free-kick into the sphere, and Fernandinho build his hands on Sane, who went down. Then again, Sane regarded as if it might per chance well in point of fact maybe well be offside from the low. The referee gave the penalty – and the VAR backed him up.

Mills: “Fernandinho is touching his waist. That’s now not a contemptible. But perchance thanks to that their legs secure tangled.

“Or now not it is now not deliberate however he prevents Salif Sane getting in the direction of the ball. I will set aside why that one used to be given.”

BBC reader Julian: “So an offside participant can serene clutch a penalty? Provocative. I did now not know that rule.”

Steve, Bicester: “Every no doubt pens. Doesn’t matter how lengthy VAR took.”

Costa penalty incident…

In Atletico’s game, Diego Costa used to be before every little thing awarded a penalty after being pulled again by Mattia de Sciglio and falling into the sphere. But the referee spoke to the video officers and awarded a free-kick to Atleti as the contemptible took place successfully exterior the sphere.

No person might per chance well well also think it used to be a penalty on nearer viewing, however some felt Atletico had been lucky to secure anything else.

Spanish football writer Andy West: “Diego Costa wanted lower than half of an hour to secure booked, sq. as a lot as an opponent, angrily query a yellow card and dive in strive and clutch a penalty. Welcome again.”

Morata arrangement disallowed…

Alvaro Morata fouled Giorgio Chiellini before powering dwelling a header

Alvaro Morata used to be celebrating his first arrangement for Atletico Madrid with a ravishing header from Filipe Luis’ low. Then again, after viewing the incident again, referee Felix Zwayerhe dominated it out for a push on Giorgio Chiellini.

BT Sport pundit Chris Sutton: “Or now not it is the referee’s call. Whether or now not we handle it or now not, I think we are in a position to set aside it.”

SteH11: “The decision to disallow Morata’s arrangement used to be an absolute theft! Soccer is a contact sport and a exiguous brush on any individual’s again is now not ample to build my tiny woman on the ground now not to claim Chiellini. Whereas you give that you might per chance well well spy hundreds of fouls per match. So chuffed Atletico obtained despite it.”

Is VAR working successfully?

Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande wished to thought at a conceal for the first penalty decision

The video assistant referee map used to be entirely brought into this season’s Champions League for the knockout stages, so has entirely been in employ for nine days.

The conceal now not working at Schalke’s floor supposed a lengthy prolong, with the referee guided by the VAR team in space of being in a location to spy the incident himself.

City boss Guardiola acknowledged: “When a recent map begins, it is a long way handle a manager arriving at a membership. Within a few months, other folks quiz you to grab every game 6-0.

“VAR has regarded however it desires time and this might per chance increasingly give a buy to. The referee’s conceal used to be broken however next time this might per chance increasingly be better. I wait on the initiative attributable to we strive to be elegant at football and the in most cases the referees are now not in a location to realise with their choices and wish assist, VAR’s arrangement is to be of assist.”

Ex-England defender Mills acknowledged: “If the expertise’s broken, tricky. It is top to walk with the on-self-discipline decision. That is what it’ll possess been, that is what you might per chance well well even possess got obtained to follow.

“If Uefa says or now not it is all the manner down to the referee and his call, that is what it ought to be.

“You might per chance maybe well even be talking a few multi-million-pound enterprise and as well they’ve entirely obtained one visual show unit? Stick it on the jumbotron! Or now not it is ridiculous.”

West acknowledged: “I’m a mountainous suggest of VAR however I develop now not cherish the manner or now not it is being utilized. Or now not it is being overused, it’ll entirely be there to appropriate determined and evident errors. On the 2d or now not it is being extinct for way too many marginal choices.

“The greatest possibility with overusing VAR as we are in actuality is that all and sundry will secure bored stiff with it and there will seemingly be a mountainous ample backlash to tumble it altogether which might per chance well well be a mountainous wasted different to make employ of one thing that can invent the sport better if or now not it is wisely utilized.”

Invoice, texting 81111, acknowledged: “Is it factual me that thinks VAR might per chance well well also work if it worked on an appeals map slightly handle cricket? Every team gets a location sequence of appeals the captain must buy to make employ of per game (very rapidly obviously) however entirely give the ref 30 seconds or one thing to buy when viewing the replays?”

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