Pep Guardiola backs VAR

Pep Guardiola backs VAR

Manchester City Pep Guardiola has backed the VAR despite the same technology denying his side a last-minute goal in their last weekend draw against Tottenham Hotspurs.

Gabriel Jesus saw what would have been a late winner for them against Tottenham ruled out for a handball by Aymeric Laporte, a week after Raheem Sterling's goal at West Ham was not given due to a tight offside.

But ahead of their game with Bournemouth, Guardiola said: "The reason for (VAR) is to bring more justice, to be fairer and that is the only reason I like VAR. I think in the end it's going to happen but it's the first season and it's normal what has happened."

Jesus was furious after the goal was disallowed, and though the striker has previously been sent off in similar circumstances while playing for Brazil, Guardiola said he had no concerns about his reaction.

Emotional Game

"This is an emotional game when you score a goal in this way," Guardiola said. "When it is disallowed what should his reaction be? His reaction was normal. He didn't do anything exceptional."

City head to Bournemouth on Sunday to face a team they have never lost to, winning their eight Premier League fixtures by an aggregate score of 25-3.

In the game, Guardiola confirmed that they will miss the services of defender John Stones who is nursing a muscular injury but Oleksandr Zinchenko is fit after suffering from cramp with Benjamin Mendy returning to training but is not yet ready to play.

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