Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola reiterated his support for VAR, indicating that others may have changed their minds in regards to its use, following his team’s Champions League elimination at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
Two crucial VAR decisions in favour of Spurs led to the qualification of Mauricio Pochettino’s side to the semi-finals of the competition.
“I have always supported, when it benefited me and when not,” Guardiola told the press conference.
“Others did not support it before and maybe they do it now.”
Guardiola went on to reflect on the change of emotions in the last minutes of Wednesday’s game.
“I don’t want players to forget what they have experienced, as what happened last Wednesday was incredible,” Guardiola added.
“We were fortunate to live that, as in one moment we were happy and, a second later, devastated.
“In the future it will be [remembered as] an incredible match, accompanied by the sadness of not qualifying.”
The 48-year-old tactician has not reached the final of the tournament since his stint at Barcelona.
“I think that’s simply life, as [my teams] have qualified many times and maybe some we didn’t deserve it,” Guardiola noted.
“That’s football and the important thing is how you behave.
“We had to score three and we did it, but looking back will not help, as the next day you have to get up and continue.
“These players have the possibility to continue and they were fantastic, so I am very proud of them.”