Conte Slams VAR For Costing Chelsea

Sanchez looks destined to leave Arsenal and is keen to depart the club this month

Sanchez looks destined to leave Arsenal and is keen to depart the club this month

Not from the referee on the pitch, who took quickly a decision to book Willian and didn't have any doubt, but from the person watching the game [Jones].

"The first was for a doubtful situation, but the second was for dissent". In fact the video official was referee Mike Jones.

Although Pedro and Alvaro Morata were both sent off, the real talking point came moments into extra-time when Willian was booked for diving in the Norwich penalty area despite appearing to be tripped by defender Timm Klose. "If you want to face and try to go to the next round in every competition this is the only way we can do".

So that is pretty conclusive evidence that Pedro has put in a shocker of a dive there, throwing himself to the floor with Gunn nowhere near him, so the referee made the correct call by showing the winger a yellow card for simulation. The referee watches and then makes the best decision. Everything is "he said, she said, they promised me this, I didn't get that". Otherwise, why is there this ref?

"Today is a replay and with a replay you have to win the game", Hazard said on BBC One.

Daniel Farke's men have in fact conceded just one goal in their last five outings and have kept three consecutive clean sheets away from home, so they shouldn't lack for confidence when travelling to the capital on Wednesday night. "It is how it is".

In addition to his fine goalscoring record when starting Willian is a fantastic free-kick taker so he should have at least a few chances from dead-ball situations with the belief that Chelsea will be very much on the front foot and the game will be played in and around Norwich's box.

'Who on earth is looking at that screen at Stockley Park (Premier League studios HQ) and doesn't think that's a penalty? That is why it is all wrong because it is someone else's opinion.

Neither side could find the breakthrough in extra-time, with Pedro also being sent off, before Chelsea won it on penalties with Willy Caballero saving from Nelson Oliveira setting up a home tie against Newcastle United on January 28th. "What a shocking decision that is". I don't want an advantage, especially if you know this system is being used. "I hope we don't pay, also because my decision was clear: to try to go to the next round and give a bit of rest to the other players".

Speaking on Radio 5 Live, Neville expressed regret that the VAR system seemed to have created as many problems as it had solved. 'I am not a fan. "I'll let the most important people in football decide".

This game had everything, including referee Graham Scott deciding not to use VAR on three penalty appeals for Chelsea.

'We have to play in two days against Brighton, ' Conte said. He was going to shoot and probably score'.

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