Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola again backed the use of video assistance Referee (VAR) technology, but called for decision using the system to be speeded up after his side’s 7-0 thrashing of Schalke to progress to the Champions League Quarter-finals on Tuesday.
Three of City goals scored by Aguero, Sane, and Sterling had to be checked by VAR for tight offside calls, while Sane had another goal ruled out.
But there was frustration among supporters at the Etihad over long delays before the referee was given the all clear by his video assistance to either award the goal or rule out.
“They need to be a little quicker to make decisions but it is fair. Who wanted the Premier League to introduce the system this season, the two penalties went against us from VAR in Germany but the end is fair.
At the end that’s what we are looking for. Hopefully in the Premier League next season that is what can happen. I am happy with VAR. Hopefully it can be quicker than today. I like teams who deserve to win, go through. Sometimes you don’t go through for the wrong decisions.
It helps referees to make those decisions fairly.” Said Guardiola
Manchester City remains on course for an historic quadruple of trophies. Having won the League Cup last month, which they lead the Premier League and are now in the last eight of both the Champions League and FA Cup.
And Guardiola is hoping to be even more spoiled for choice come the Quarter-finals next month. “We have a lot of injured players so we want to continue this run and get those players back fit, and also everyone has to compete with each other to play. They all want to play. Everybody tried to play, be bold and keep going.”
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