Pochettino says ‘VAR has damaged English football’ after Chelsea saw last goal ruled out against Aston Villa

In a thrilling English Premier League encounter on Saturday night, Chelsea mounted an impressive comeback to secure a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa after initially trailing by two goals.

The first half saw Chelsea dominating proceedings, but unfortunate own goal by Spanish left-back Marc Cucurella, deflecting a shot from John McGinn into the net, gave Villa an early lead within four minutes. Morgan Rogers doubled the advantage for Villa with a well-placed shot from outside the box.

However, Chelsea showcased remarkable resilience in the second half. Noni Madueke initiated the comeback with a goal in the 62nd minute, followed by Conor Gallagher’s stunning strike to level the score with just ten minutes remaining.

As the match entered its final stages, Chelsea appeared poised to clinch victory when Axel Disasi headed in what seemed to be the winning goal. Yet, the joy was short-lived as VAR intervened, disallowing the goal due to a foul by Benoit Badiashile in the build-up.

Reflecting on the match, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino praised his team’s character and determination, emphasizing their ability to bounce back from adversity. He highlighted Chelsea’s dominance in the second half as evidence of their competitive spirit.

Pochettino also expressed his frustration with the VAR decision, suggesting that the referee may not have had a clear view of the incident and emphasizing the subjective nature of such calls in football. Despite the disappointment of not securing all three points, Chelsea’s performance showcased their potential to compete at the highest level.