Pep Guardiola on VAR: Manchester City manager reacts to 'cruel' UEFA Champions League exit to Tottenham


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has opened up on VAR after their 'cruel' UEFA Champions League quarter-final exit.

Guardiola rued the cruelty of VAR as Spurs ended their domestic rivals hopes of an unprecedented quadruple by eliminating them from Europe's elite club competition.

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"We are close to going through and after we went out through the action -- it is cruel but we have to accept it," he said, as per ESPN FC.

"It was a nice game for everybody -- 3-2 after After 20 minutes and in the second half we did everything. It was not easy to create chances but we created a lot. We made mistakes and in that competition you are punished a lot but we knew it.
"We scored the goals that we needed. Unfortunately at the end it was a bad end for us. Congratulations Tottenham and all the best for the semifinals."
After an incredible opening 11 minutes when both teams scored twice, City had advantage in the tie when Sergio Aguero put them 4-2 ahead.
However, Fernando Llorente scored for the visitors on 73 minutes but Guardiola believed the goal should have been disallowed even though referee Cuneyt Cakir reviewed the goal.
"I support VAR. But maybe from one angle the goal from Llorente is handball, maybe from the referee it is not," the City boss said. "I am fine for fair football and fair decisions. The referee must be helped. In the future and the present, it will be fair and that's all."
"The referees must be helped sometimes. When it is offside, it is offside. What can I say? I think in the future, and even in the present it will be fair and that is all."