Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes VAR ‘kills the moment’ for fans and players.
Cesar Azpilicueta had a goal disallowed by VAR for an offside call on Mason Mount in the build-up to what would have cancelled out Trent Alexander-Arnold’s opener in the club’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.
Instead, the Reds doubled their lead through Roberto Firmino, before N’Golo Kante pulled one back in the 71st minute.
Lampard told talkSPORT: “It’s here to stay, so it’s frustrating. It definitely kills the moment, that’s for sure.
“People pay their money and they want to celebrate, the players want to celebrate and now, we’re all going to have to try to wait a moment. It’s difficult.
“I saw the Tottenham game yesterday [where VAR disallowed a Serge Aurier goal against Leicester], and it’s a shame when you’re talking about tough decisions.
“But we have to accept it, it’s here, it’s not going anywhere, I just hope some go in our favour very soon.”
Kante’s stunning solo goal breathed new life into Chelsea, who could have equalised had Mount taken his chance late on.
Despite his team sitting 11th in the Premier League table with two wins out of six, Lampard is optimistic about the future.
He said: “I have a belief in where we’re going and I know what I want from them and I saw loads of things in the second-half.
“The way we switched the play, the way we were aggressive in our play, the energy we expended and the way we put a team like Liverpool on the back foot, that’s what I wanted from us.
“It needs to be week in, week out. It can’t be 45 minutes against Sheffield United or 45 minutes against Leicester. It needs to be that second-half [against Liverpool] regularly.
“We need to put pressure on ourselves to play like that and then we will be okay.”