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Pep Guardiola was asked if he thought VAR should be suspended while they iron out inconsistencies after Manchester City had a late goal ruled out against Tottenham for handball.

Gabriel Jesus thought he had scored an injury-time winner on Saturday night at the Etihad only for the goal to be overturned by the video assistant referee after an Aymeric Laporte handball in the area in the build up.

Guardiola lamented inconsistencies with the new handball rule after the final whistle in City’s second Premier League game of the season, citing Andreas Christensen’s apparent handball against Liverpool in the Super Cup on Wednesday as an example, but did not back the suggestion that VAR should be suspended or paused in order for officials to review how it is going.

“No, no, no, no, we have to continue,” Guardiola said. “I remember the first season when I arrived here when you touched someone like this, it was a penalty. Do you remember the two penalties in the Stoke City game?

 

“It was like this – it was a penalty in the box. And after they adapted things. I think they are going to adjust in the games. But if it’s hands it’s hands.

“For me it’s not clear when I watch it at different angles, honestly it’s not clear but maybe it’s a penalty. But it was a penalty last season in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”

The 2-2 draw at the Etihad on Saturday saw Mauricio Pochettino’s side have two shots in comparison to City’s 30 and despite dropping points for the first time in the league since January Guardiola hailed what he believed to be an incredible performance from his team.

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“I know against which team we played today – Tottenham – a team with a magnificent stadium, with a top manager and incredible players and what we have done I don’t know if few teams can do it against them. And we did it in the first part of the players. That’s why I said to the players, it’s emotional, it’s frustrating to lose two points in that way but football is like this,” Guardiola said.

“It’s the only sport you can have 30 shots on the other team two and draw – and even lose. In other sports when you do what we’ve done – in basketball, tennis, golf – you win. That’s why football is fascinating. But at the same time we’re sad because we want to win and didn’t but tomorrow we will stand up and prepare better.”

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