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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has a fresh haircut for Chelsea’s visit to the St James Park as Newcastle host Chelsea on Saturday evening.

Sarri has explained that cutting his hair after a defeat is a tradition for him, although Chelsea’s last defeat which came against Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final clash at Wembley shouldn’t have ended in a defeat.

Harry Kane scored the only goal from the game courtesy of a penalty kick, and the penalty came as a result of the VAR deemed Kane onside, while Chelsea’s camera showed the Tottenham striker was offside from a reverse angle.

Speaking on the incident ahead of the Newcastle clash, Sarri admitted he doesn’t like the use of VAR in England, but he insisted that the team had all the time to come back against Spurs.

He said: “I think it was a mistake but it was not really very important when you are talking about 10 seconds of the match and when you have to think about the other 89 minutes. It is not important, it is only a referee’s decision, but I have to analyse the full match and we need to think how to solve our problems, we don’t need to think about the referee. It is not important.

“The problem is not the referee or another,’ he added. ‘The problem for me is they are not ready to use the Video Assistant Referee. It is not easy because if you look at the linesman he stopped the run and for a player, this is the sign of offside. It is normal, they need only to get used to using the system.

“I don’t like the VAR but that is only my opinion. We risk changing the atmosphere in the stadium, you score but you have to wait for 30 seconds to celebrate the goals. It is negative for the atmosphere in the stadium.

“I am used to playing with the system because in Italy we used this system starting three years ago. I don’t like it but that is only my opinion. I prefer it like it is now in England.”

Speaking after the Spurs defeat, Sarri revealed that the 1-0 loss was a harsh scoreline.

He said: “We deserved more because in this match we played better than the opponents.

“We were in control of the match and defended well against a team dangerous in the offensive phase, so we deserved more. We played about 70 balls in the opposition box against 11 balls of Tottenham in our box, 18 shots against seven I think, five goal opportunities against two, so we deserve more.

“So I am really disappointed with the result but very happy with the performance, one of the most important of the season from my team.”

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