Manchester United FC of England’s manager Jose Mourinho revealed on Sunday night that the penalty kick decision awarded against the Croatians by the VAR machine and interpreted by the centre referee from Argentina ruined the loser’s composure for the rest of the second half.
Mourinho felt sorry for the Croatians stressing that all the 23 players and their coach must feel very disappointed with the result pointing out that he wasn’t quarreling with the concept of the VAR but its interpretation in this case.
Mourinho argued that until the Argentine referee gave France the penalty kick which Griezmann converted, the Croatians were the better of the two teams in the first half.
Interestingly, Mourinho stated he wished the first half had ended at 1-1 pointing out that it would have brought out the best of the Croatians who he said were a beauty to watch with their fighting spirit, good coordination going forward and dominance of the game which was captured by the game’s statisticians as 61 per cent for the Croats as against the French’s31 per cent.
Mourinho didn’t think the offence was a penalty kick insisting that such situations happen during goalmouth melee, position also held by another Manchester United FC’s great and goalkeeper Schemichel, who argued that the referee spent so much time watching the incident on the VAR Machine showing that he was indeed uncertain until he took the wrong decision.
However, Mourinho moaned that what counted in football was the team that won the game which in this case was the French, who he congratulated for taking their chances in the game.
Asked what he thought were the high points of the Russia 2018 World Cup, Mourinho revealed that the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and the other big names in other countries at the crucial stages of the Mundial showed that the game had grown in the leaps and bounds.
The Special One was happy with the avalanche of younger players that emerged during the competition, although he refused to mention their names, preferring rather to pour plaudits on the Croatians, who he hoped would have learned a lot of lessons from playing up to the final game of the Russia 2018 World Cup which ended on Sunday in Moscow.