Pochettino makes ‘tough’ VAR claim ahead of Brighton clash

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Mauricio Pochettino believes that the introduction of VAR has made football a lot more difficult for players.

The Argentine believes that the aggression that comes naturally with the sport is gradually being taken away with the presence of many cameras on the pitch.

The Chelsea manager made the assertion while speaking ahead of his side’s meeting with Brighton on Sunday.

The 51-year-old explained: “Football has changed a lot from my period. It was different. There wasn’t VAR. We competed in a different way. Today, it makes you compete in a different way.

“Before, if I punch or kick someone when the ball was over there, if the referee didn’t see me… there wasn’t a VAR.

“Now, if the ball is over there and I kick someone or punch someone there are 200 cameras watching everything. And boom! Red card.

“And… you cannot behave like this in training. You cannot show this type of aggression. That is why players are different now. I think that is a big worry. It is tough.”