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Pochettino backtracks on VAR opinion after Spurs clinch draw

Mauricio Pochettino appeared to change his mind about VAR after it helped his side draw with Manchester City.

Tottenham were dominated by the Premier League champions but managed to peg them back twice, with Gabriel Jesus’ last minute winner for the champions being denied by VAR due to the new hand-ball law, which means goals will be disallowed even if there is an unintentional handball in the build up.

Pochettino was relieved to get through the game with a draw.

“I’m very pleased with a point and but also knowing we need to improve,” he told Match of the Day. “We are in a process where we need to improve in all areas and the team is going to improve step by step but we need time.

“It was an unbelievable goal [by Lucas Moura]. Always when you play a team like Manchester City, you have to play your best.

“We need to accept that [VAR]. I was a little bit critical of VAR but now we have to accept the rules. Now it benefits us. No doubt it won’t benefit us at other times. It’s a rule we need to accept.”

City counterpart Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, had an understandably contrasting opinion about the way City’s goal was ruled out.

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