Tottenham news: Jan Vertonghen reveals ‘pain’ over disallowed goal against Leicester and says VAR ‘takes a lot

Tottenham news: Jan Vertonghen reveals ‘pain’ over disallowed goal against Leicester and says VAR ‘takes a lot
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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen said football has ‘changed a lot’ since the introduction of VAR and revealed Spurs’ ‘pain’ after having a goal disallowed against Leicester City for the tightest of offside decisions.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men completed a disastrous week as they threw away another lead to lose 2-1 to the Foxes on Saturday.

Spurs are making a habit of throwing away leads

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Spurs are making a habit of throwing away leads

Harry Kane put Spurs 1-0 up, just as he did in their 2-2 Champions League draw with Olympiakos, and they thought they had scored another when Serge Aurier’s strike was eventually ruled out by VAR.

Son Heung-Min was ruled to be fractionally offside in the build-up to the goal, which would have put Spurs 2-0 up.

Instead Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison struck to win it for the Foxes, who moved up to third in the Premier League while Tottenham back in seventh after just one two wins from their opening six games.

And following the defeat at the King Power Stadium, Vertonghen said: “It’s painful. Man City probably felt the same in the quarter-final of the Champions League last season. It was the same distance [the marginal offside].

“It was tough because I thought we were doing well, we thought we were going 2-0 up. We were defending well. We didn’t create too many chances but we felt comfortable.”

Tottenham weren’t the only club left rueing VAR this weekend, with Chelsea also having a crucial goal ruled out.

After the Blues’ defeat to Liverpool, Frank Lampard said VAR ‘kills the moment’ after his side’s goal celebrations were cut short.

And, despite knowing VAR is helping referees to make more accurate decisions, Vertonghen believes the new technology ‘takes a lot out’ of the game.
“Obviously you have to trust the VAR to make the right decision,” said the Belgian.

Vertonghen says VAR has ‘changed the game’

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Vertonghen says VAR has ‘changed the game’

“It went our way in the first half (after Wilfred Ndidi’s disallowed goal), their way in the second.

“It makes football a different game, you know? It takes a lot out of it. It’s for the good but it has changed a lot.”

Pereira levelled just five minutes after Aurier’s goal was chalked off with Leicester gaining momentum and belief from the decision.

It took around two minutes for VAR to make a call but Vertonghen remained pragmatic.

He said: “The game goes on. It takes a long time to make these decisions. I think we also deserved a penalty in the first half on Danny Rose – it looked like one.

Tottenham haven’t won a Premier League game on the road since January

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Tottenham haven’t won a Premier League game on the road since January

“Whatever. It’s tough when it goes against you and good when it goes for you.”

It was the third time in four matches Spurs had lost a lead and Vertonghen admitted they needed to rectify the problem.

“It’s something to look at, definitely,” said the defender. “Apart from Olympiakos, we’ve done well in these games. But it is making it even harder. If you come back from behind you feel better.”