Mauricio Pochettino branded the Video Assistant Referee system a “nightmare” after Tottenham cruised into the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Swansea.
Goals from Christian Eriksen (2) and an Erik Lamela secured us a last-four tie at our temporary Wembley home next month.
However as with the previous round the victory was not without controversy as, with us 1-0 ahead, Heung-Min Son’s 23rd-minute goal was ruled out for offside.
The incident was reviewed at length by VAR and, with the lines on the television proving inconclusive as to whether Son was offside or not, the original decision stood.”It’s a nightmare. I feel so sorry for the people trying to use that system,”:said Pochettino
“I think I prefer it when the ref and assistant make mistakes than to wait three or four minutes for things. But we now need to see the reality of how it is going to affect the staff on the touchline and the officials.
He added: “It is so complex, but the worst thing for me is the effect for the fan. It is going to be a massive problem for the future. We will see what happens at the World Cup.”
We were without the injured Harry Kane as Pochettino made seven changes from the side which had won at Bournemouth the previous weekend and Dele Alli, Mousa Dembele and Hugo Lloris were all left on the bench but there was no way back for Swansea in their first FA Cup quarter-final for 54 years after Eriksen’s superb 11th-minute opener.
Eriksen’s double saw him now score 8 goals in 10 games against Swansea and Pochettino was full of praise for the mercurial star; “He is fantastic, so important for us,” Pochettino said of Eriksen.
“Every season he takes one step up, he is so consistent.A trophy] is an option now. At the same time, just when you feel close to winning something, then you can be far away.We are going to try to win the semi-final and get to the final. Of course, it would be fantastic for the club to win a trophy.”
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