Guardiola, Pellegrini react to VAR fest on Opening Day

Nicholas Mendola
NBC Sports

Manchester City’s 5-0 blowout of West Ham United saw a masterclass from Raheem Sterling, but much of the post-game focus revolved around VAR.

Goals were overturned, a red card was not given, and a penalty withstood video review as referee Mike Dean was largely relegated to his ear piece.

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West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, at least on the day, chose to stay positive about the new world of Premier League football with VAR.

From the BBC:

“It is not easy to get used to it, but I think the result will be fairer if we use it in the right moments. Football is so fast today it is impossible for referees to see all. It will improve football.”

The London Stadium came alive when Man City’s third goal was overturned by VAR, the supporters finding new belief in a 2-0 score line, and Guardiola said there are sure to be plenty of new experiences on account of the technology.

“You have to be mentally strong when VAR is not on our side,” Guardiola said. “You think at 0-3 the game is almost over but at 0-2, the game is completely different. You have to be calm and be strong, it is going to change the dynamic not just for the team but for the spectators. It will be a good lesson for our future.”

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