Why Chelsea squad and Thomas Tuchel turned to VAR during pre-season training

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VAR was on many occasions the scourge of Chelsea last season so it will be a surprise to supporters that it was actively encouraged in pre-season training.

Despite winning the Champions League, the Blues had many contentious decisions go against them throughout last season – the most striking being the offside call against Ben Chilwell in the FA Cup final.

The technology was pivotal during Chelsea ’s pre-season preparations though as the Blues’ video analysts stepped in to decide the outcome of a competitive pre-season tie, as revealed by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Talking to the Blues official website, he said: “The first to five won and the other team to mine won the first round, fair enough. Then we won the other round so it was all-square, so the next game wins it.

“I was sure we then scored five, I was counting, but others said that was a mistake and apparently we did not score five.

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“Cal [Callum Hudson-Odoi] said he was not sure, and he did not really celebrate, but the rest of us all went off celebrating before it was hold on, hold on, let’s have a VAR check.

“When it went to VAR and they said it was five, we went nuts!”

With Loftus-Cheek’s team having run out the victors, the punishment chosen was for the opposition to sing either Backstreet Boys or Spice Girls according to Chelsea’s official website.

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The Blues then will certainly be hoping that VAR remains on their side with kick-off for the 2021/22 Premier League season just over three weeks away. However, there has already been a disturbance in their preparations so far with a friendly against local outfit Drogheda United being called off.

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Source by Football London

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