Harry Kane scored the only goal of the Carabao Cup semi-final clash between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley, as Spurs have a 1-0 advantage heading into the second leg at Stamford Bridge.
For Kane’s goal, the Spurs striker was tripped by Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the box, but there were suspicions of offside before the penalty decision was made and following a lengthy VAR decision – referee Mike Oliver went ahead to issue a spot kick and a yellow card to Arrizabalaga.
Kane defended the VAR’s decision to award a penalty, and said: “I played to the whistle and nicked it round the keeper, it was a clear penalty.
“VAR is there for a reason and they got it right.
“I’ll have to watch it back and see.
“I’m used to it after the World Cup, it’s a big part of football going forwards.
“From our point of view it doesn’t change much [waiting to hear if it was a penalty.]”
However, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri slammed the VAR decision and using Chelsea’s camera, proved that Kane was offside, and he also revealed that the linesman’s run affected his players.
Sarri said: “In Italy there is VAR and in the first period it was a disaster, it was really very difficult for the referee to get used to the system and I think here the referees are not ready to use it in the right way.
“For example from the image from our camera [Chelsea have our own video analysis at every game], Kane was offside, clearly offside, but it is not important. What is more important is the linesman stopped his run, he did not follow the ball so for the players on the pitch it is clearly offside.
“So I think he had a big influence on our defenders. So I think they need to study better this system.
“It is strange in the Premier League there is not this system and then in the Carabao Cup there is suddenly the system. It is strange for us and for the players but also for the referees I think.”