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Maurizio Sarri snubbed the World Cup as he rails against VAR

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'I didn't see anything in the World Cup... I don't like the national team': Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri snubbed Russia 2018 as he rails against VARMaurizio Sarri did not watch a single minute of the 2018 World CupRevelation came as he was quizzed on the VAR system on FridayChelsea boss claimed his current side could beat Gareth Southgate's England

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri made the bizarre revelation on Friday that he did not watch a single minute of the 2018 World Cup while being quizzed on the VAR system.

Despite the potential for scouting players, Sarri says he snubbed last summer's tournament in Russia, and even claimed his current Chelsea side could defeat Gareth Southgate's England.

The World Cup benefitted from VAR but Sarri insists the technology is 'negative' for the atmosphere inside stadiums, while he also sees no value in international football.

Maurizio Sarri has made bizarre revelation he did not watch a single minute of the World Cup

The 60-year-old's latest complaints about VAR come after he claimed English officials do not know how the system works.

Sarri made those comments after Chelsea's midweek Carabao Cup loss to Tottenham as he insisted one piece of footage proved Harry Kane was offside before he won his penalty.

The Football Association have decided not to charge Sarri, despite having taken action against Troy Deeney for saying referee David Coote 'bottled' decisions during Watford's recent draw with Bournemouth.

'I didn't see anything in the World Cup,' Sarri said after being told VAR was useful in Russia. 'I didn't see a match. I don't like the national team.'

Chris Kavanagh, at the centre of a VAR row, will referee Chelsea against Newcastle this week

Kavanagh ruled Harry Kane was onside before being fouled at Wembley on Tuesday evening

Asked why, he continued: 'Because there isn't anything to learn. It is a usual position - every coach thinks like me. It is unusual to say it.

'Every team in the World Cup will lose against the top level club teams in every match. That is normal because in a club you have time to organise a team but in the national team you have no time.'

So could Chelsea beat England? 'I think so,' he said. 'Why not?'

Chelsea face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and the referee will be Chris Kavanagh, the video assistant who deemed Kane was onside at Wembley on Tuesday.

Sarri continued to complain about VAR, saying: 'The problem is not the referee or one or the other. The problem is they are not ready to use VAR.

Sarri was angry with the call after reviewing new footage on a laptop in the tunnel

Though the World Cup benefited, Sarri insists the technology is 'negative' for the atmosphere

'They use the system for the first time in the League Cup so they need only to get used to using the system. I don't like the VAR but it is only my opinion.

'We risk changing the atmosphere in the stadium. You score but have to wait for 30 seconds to celebrate. It is negative for the atmosphere in the stadium.'

Sarri arrived for his press conference with a shaved head following Chelsea's loss to Tottenham and revealed a tradition of his. 'When I lose a match I cut my hair,' he said.

'I hope in the future that I can arrive here like Simonetta (his translator).'


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