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Spur's head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Getty Images

Spur's head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Getty Images

Spur's head coach Mauricio Pochettino. Photo: Getty Images

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino blasted the Video Assistant Referee system (VAR) despite it helping Spurs to victory over Chelsea in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at Wembley last night.

Initially, referee Michael Oliver didn't give a foul by Chelsea keeper Kepa on Spurs skipper Harry Kane but another frustrating VAR review ended with him reversing his decision.

Kane scored from the spot, meaning Spurs take a slender 1-0 lead into the second leg at Stamford Bridge in a game that was edged by the visitors.

But despite being the benefactors of the decision, Tottenham chief Pochettino admitted he wasn't enamoured by the system.

"I don't like the VAR. Today we get the benefit of it but after watching the World Cup and another league like La Liga I see that nobody is happy from day one that they started to use it," said Pochettino.

"We could have scored another goal but I am happy. The tie is still open."

Belfast Telegraph