Man City boss Guardiola slams VAR: It's killing passion

Ross Houston
August 13, 2019

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said the use of the video assistant referee (VAR) changes the "dynamic" of games. "After 3-0, the game was over".

Aguero made it 4-0 in the 86th and Sterling wrapped it up in injury time, becoming the first player since Didier Drogba in 2010-11 to score a hat-trick on the league's opening weekend. It cleared off our defender.

In reality that first goal was frighteningly similar to others that the Hammers have conceded in pre-season.

The second half was something of a disaster as City steamrollered their way to the easiest of victories. Maybe VAR takes that moment away in football.


After Gabriel Jesus's opener in the 25th minute of the encounter, Raheem Sterling doubled the lead in the 51st minute.

Sterling scored again in the 75th minute, and then City received a penalty kick when West Ham's Issa Diop fouled Riyad Mahrez in the 85th minute.

By the end the Hammers were crushed and could have lost by more, but it is hard to be too critical.

Pellegrini did have some mitigating circumstances though. "We need to improve in defence but I'm sure we have a good squad and we will have good results", he said.


"At times, we were a bit sloppy in the first half, but once the second goal went in, I thought the boys were brilliant", Sterling told BT Sport 1.

Manchester United badly needed a fast start to the new campaign to dispell a run of six games without a win to end last season and the pessimism over the arrival of just three new signings in the transfer window.

I tried to get back in, but I think it's good that I didn't because we're just starting the season and I have all the rest of the season to play.

Raheem Sterling's hat-trick fired City to a crushing victory as they more than matched title rivals Liverpool's 4-1 hammering of Norwich City on Friday.


As well as suffering the joint-heaviest defeat of his brief managerial career to date, Lampard was dealt the biggest reversal by a Chelsea boss in their first game in charge since Danny Blanchflower oversaw a 7-2 loss at Middlesbrough in December 1978. Expectations are still high and the moaners are already out there on social media.

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