Chelsea FC midfielder Jorginho has blamed VAR on his penalty miss against West Ham over the weekend.
The Italian was handed a spot-kick in the dying stages of the game after West Ham were reduced to ten men but shot straight at keeper Lukasz Fabianski; a move he said was on VAR as it was ‘harder to keep focus’ while the technology was being assessed.
“This sort of pressure, especially in games like this when you need to win and it’s last minute, and you try to isolate your mind from all that pressure even though it’s hard, and then you have the VAR so it takes longer, it’s harder to keep focus.
“What you need to do and what I try to do is I try to isolate my mind of all this pressure, and unfortunately this time it didn’t work,” the player told Sky Sports.
Despite the miss, the midfielder was bailed out in stoppage time by Christian Pulisic, who came off the bench to convert a dramatic late winner for Thomas Tuchel’s men.
He drew criticism for his penalty-taking style after the blunder, with fans and pundits again questioning his unique tendency to hop and skip before striking the ball.