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Pochettino believes VAR could kill football’s emotion

Mauricio Pochettino admits he feels sorry for the fans and referee following Tottenham’s 6-1 victory over Rochdale in their FA Cup fifth round replay on Wednesday night.

Spurs had two goals disallowed, were denied one penalty and awarded another all at the hands of the video assistant referee during a chaotic first half.

However, Tottenham overcame the controversy and a spirited Rochdale side – who held them 1-1 at half-time – by tearing the League One side apart in the second period.

“It was a game we can talk about different things,” Pochettino said. “It was so complicated because of the new system, it was difficult to keep focus on the game.

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“The job is done and we are happy because we are in a quarter-final.

“I took the players to keep focused at half-time. The circumstances were difficult. I think we have the best referees in Europe or the world but I don’t know if this system will help them or cause more confusion. It is a game of emotion. If we are going to kill this emotion I think we are going to change the game.

“It’s difficult for the referee – I feel so sorry for the referee and more I feel sorry for the fans because it’s so difficult to understand the situation.

“We have a tough game at Swansea and we will have a competitive time.”

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