Bruno Lage has delivered his verdict on Manchester City’s penalty which won their clash with Wolves.
Bernardo Silva’s cross was blocked by Joao Moutinho and even after checking VAR, a penalty was awarded.
Raheem Sterling converted it and after the 1-0 defeat, Lage was asked by BT Sport for his view on the incident.
“For me, no penalty,” said Lage. “Referee decision and also VAR decision is very, very strange.”
“Come on – I protect the VAR (most) times. The VAR is very good for modern football but after all you need to understand.
“He had his arm up to create a bigger body but where did the ball touch? Not his arm. That’s the thing.
“I protect the VAR but we need to understand what happens in the game.”
Lage also spoke about the decision to send off Raul Jimenez for two consecutive yellow cards within seconds.
“You cannot do that, he knows it is his responsibility. The first yellow card – I watched it already again, he doesn’t touch the man and we have ten men behind the ball so it is not the tactical foul.
“I don’t want to talk about referees and VAR but we have had decisions early in the season against Manchester United which did not go our way. We feel if we have 11v11, maybe we can do more.”
Lage was passionate in his interview and it is clear that he was frustrated with the decisions on the day.
Wolves were dogged and organised throughout the game but the goal threat needs to improve and that will be tough against Brighton without Jimenez.
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