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Jose Mourinho: 'VAR makes too many mistakes'

:Headline: Jose Mourinho: 'VAR makes too many mistakes':
The Tottenham boss criticised the video assistant referee system despite watching his side beat Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho criticised VAR despite seeing his Tottenham side beat 10-man Manchester City in an action-packed Premier League clash.

The Spurs boss felt a number of decisions went against the hosts and insisted Raheem Sterling should have been sent off for an early foul on Dele Alli.

There was also penalty controversy before Oleksandr Zinchenko did see red for City, with Tottenham taking advantage as debutant Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring and Son Heung-min wrapped up a 2-0 victory.

City missed from the spot after video assistant referee Kevin Friend instructed on-field official Mike Dean to award a penalty some two minutes after Serge Aurier's challenge on Sergio Aguero.

But while Mourinho, who would have enjoyed getting one over his old adversary Pep Guardiola to move Spurs up to fifth in the Premier League in the process, refused to criticise Dean he was clearly unhappy with the VAR contributions throughout the game.

"I love football and I thought I was going to love VAR, that was my initial feeling," he said.

"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.

“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.”
- Jose Mourinho

"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.

"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 the VAR."

Mourinho also suggested Alli may have suffered an injury following the foul from Sterling but was full of praise for debutant Bergwijn, who struck a fine effort to break the deadlock.

"It was a debut goal that was the icing on the cake of a very good performance," he said of Bergwijn, who joined from PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday.

Steven Bergwijn made a good impression on his Tottenham debut (Adam Davy/PA)

"Independent of the goal I would say his performance was very good, very solid. Very mature. We worked hard during the week."

Meanwhile, City boss Guardiola nodded when asked if Liverpool, now 22 points clear at the top of the table, will go on to lift the trophy but appeared to aim a thinly-veiled swipe at former Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Speaking in 2018, Scudamore spoke about wanting clubs to get closer to City, who had just lifted the Premier League trophy having amassed 100 points – now Guardiola feels those who wanted challengers for his side should also fear Liverpool's dominance this season.

"They are far away, they are unstoppable and a lot of points (clear)," he said.

"Of course now it is to target other competitions and qualify for the Champions League next season.

Pep Guardiola thinks Liverpool are too far away to be caught this season (Tim Goode/PA)

"Two seasons ago when we had 100 points we finished 19 points clear of United and in that period Liverpool were strong.

"The team is good and I like the way my team play but it is not enough, we are far away and the distance is so big and it is the reality.

"The last two seasons it was a guy, the owner of the Premier League, who said that can't happen again and it isn't good for the Premier League when City win the title in that way.

"So now it is Liverpool you have to be concerned about (if you are) the owner of the Premier League."

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