You may know that these two managers firstly opposed each other in the Champions League semi-finals in 2010. Since then, Pep Guardiola is familiar with the fact that some extraordinary circumstances were shaping a game when he’s facing Mourinho’s Manchester City.
Guardiola found it hard to accept the persistent interventions of the VAR, seeing some huge decisions against Man City. That was already the third time in the last ten months, a game between City and Spurs has ended amid a controversy regarding the new technology.
Past unfair VAR decisions against Manchester City
In April 2019, Sergio Aguero ruled out a goal in injury time in the Champions League quarter-final. This fact was the first of the series.
Four months later, Gabriel Jesus’ goal (in the PL match) was also disallowed when the ball arrived at his feet after brushing the arm of Aymeric Laporte. As a result, Manchester City lost all three points which were crucial for this season even though it was in August.
Guardiola may believe that he’s cursed when facing against Hotspur. In yesterday’s match, Guardiola’s team were making dramatic implosions when circumstances start to stack up against them.
Lloris was off his line when Gundogan struck his penalty. After pushing Gundogan’s shot away, it seemed that he clearly fouled Sterling as they went for the loose ball. After that, Tottenham Hotspur was awarded a goal kick.
Tottenham’s players reacted as soon as Sterling went over. They were demanding for the second yellow card. At 12th minute Sterling had been fined for a rough challenge on Dele Alli. That was VAR reviewed and still not upgraded to a red card. In that case, VAR favored City. But when things go against you in a match, you must use your ability to take luck out of the problem.