Chelsea really should have won more comfortably than they eventually did against Watford on Saturday.
The Blues had just 10 shots on target to their opponents’ one at Vicarage Road, with Ben Foster making some magnificent saves to keep the game within the Hornets’ reach. Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic were able to put their side 2-0 up, but there were a nervy last 10 minutes for Frank Lampard’s side when Gerard Deulofeu scored from the penalty spot to halve the two-goal margin.
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The decision to award the spot-kick was made by VAR, who decided that Jorginho had done enough to trip up the former FC Barcelona winger.
However, that outcome only arrived after a lengthy wait. The former Derby County boss was very critical of the system during his post-match reaction, saying: “We’re not in a great place with it. Anything that takes that long means that there is something they are not sure about, so then why aren’t we using the screens on the side of the pitch?”
The Stamford Bridge outfit’s supporters were far from happy with the call as well, and they took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
You can see some of the best comments from the social media platform below.
— ChelseaReporter💙💙💙 (@CheleaREPORTER) November 2, 2019
VAR is a shambles.
So inconsistent. Pathetic. Absolute rubbish.
Get rid of it. Ruining football.#WATCHE 🐝🔵
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) November 2, 2019
var is a joke
— Alex (@CarefreeAlex8) November 2, 2019
No team has been more negatively affected by VAR than Chelsea. Once again, agenda against us is real.
— Lump Of CFC (@LumpOfCFC) November 2, 2019
Was another terrible decision from VAR. if the player went down from the first touch without then using the same foot I would have got it. But to take the touch then use the foot to stand and move then dive,it’s atrocious! #VAR #Lampard #CFCFamily
— Its_a_Chelsea_thing💙 (@its_a_CFC_thing) November 3, 2019
1). Chelsea robbed off clean sheet by VAR
2). Jorginho & Kovacic partnership is one of the best in Europe
3). Tammy broke the number 9 curse
4). Pulisic is Chelsea’s best winger atm
5). Emerson is top 3 LB in the PL #chewat
— prosper babson babalola (@basbsonjr1) November 3, 2019
And you are the Joker here, VAR should be deployed in a very critical moment not when some idiots just fall at every simple contact just to get a penalty. The one against Chelsea today was harsh and trash.
— Tjay! (@TphatB) November 2, 2019
VAR really isn’t fixing the game. It’s making it worse.
It was brought in to help officials and take away the controversy. It’s only made it worse.
— TweetChelseaUK (@TweetChelseaUK) November 2, 2019