In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Jamie Carragher uses virtual reality to give the assistant referee’s perspective of Cesar Azpilicueta’s equaliser at Cardiff and John Terry critiques the heading technique of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
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Carragher uses VR to explain Azpi goal
The sight of Jamie Carragher wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset during Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show may have amused football fans but the former Liverpool defender did make a good point in explaining the awarding of Cesar Azpilicueta’s controversial equaliser at Cardiff.
The match officials were heavily criticised by Cardiff manager Neil Warnock for allowing the goal to stand as video replays showed that Azpilicueta was in an offside position when Marcos Alonso flicked Willian’s corner towards him to level the score.
However, Carragher came to the defence of the officials.
‘I have huge sympathy [with the officials] and I'd go as far as to say that I think it's almost impossible for them to give offside,’ he said.
‘If he's watching Neil Warnock might not take too kindly to this, but we've had a good look at it and I've spoken to Mike Riley [head of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd] about it to get to how difficult this is for the officials and what can be done about it in the future because it's a really difficult one that's quite rare.’
Carragher then used VR to show the viewpoint of the assistant referee after Willian had taken the corner, which suggested that his view was obstructed by the Brazilian.
‘That's his view when Alonso's getting the touch on the ball,’ Carragher explained. ‘He's completely blocked. When it's stopped, yes, I can get around and see he's clearly offside but we've just seen the speed it's going at. How can he give offside?
‘I said I had huge sympathy with the referee's assistant and that's the reason why. We've got to put ourselves as much as possible into what they see, what was there and realise why it is so difficult.’
According to former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher, the incident justified the argument that the Premier League needs to bring in video assistant referee (VAR) technology.
‘The assistant says that Willian stepped along his line, but what I would say is he will be so upset when he sees that,’ said Gallagher. ‘That would have been corrected very quickly (with VAR) and it reinforces why VAR is so necessary.’
Terry offers heading critique to Loftus-Cheek
John Terry may have enjoyed Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s winner at Cardiff as much as any other Chelsea fan but the former Blues skipper still offered some criticism of the heading technique used by the young midfielder to find the net in stoppage time.
Terry, who watched the game at home, posted an Instagram image of the moment that Loftus-Cheek connected with Willian’s cross, bringing attention to the fact that his eyes were shut when he made contact with the ball.
‘Yes @rubey_lcheek Why you closing your eyes though,’ pondered Terry, who is currently an assistant manager at Aston Villa.
Terry may have been trolling his former team-mate but Loftus-Cheek, who had not previously scored with a header for the Blues, would be well advised to take seriously the opinion of our Captain, Leader, Legend, who got the majority of his 67 Chelsea goals with his head.
Speculation continues on Jovic transfer
Despite the possibility that we could be barred from bringing in any new players this summer, media outlets are still suggesting that Serbian striker Luka Jovic could be headed to Stamford Bridge.
Metro reports that Chelsea are leading the race to sign the 21-year-old who has scored 23 goals in 37 appearances this season for Eintracht Frankfurt, where he is on a two-year loan from Benfica.
Eintracht are expected to trigger an option to buy the Serbian permanently this summer but he is then likely to be sold on by the German club with Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and the two Manchester clubs named as his possible destinations.