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Herrera: Sometimes you understand VAR, sometimes you dont

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Atletico Madrid were left rather confused after Real Valladolid were awarded a penalty on Sunday, and Hector Herrera admitted to being at a loss when trying to understand when, why and how VAR can be used.

Sandro Ramirez was deemed to have been fouled by Thomas Partey in the Atletico area and, after a four-minute delay, a spot kick was awarded only for Sandro himself to step up and blaze it over the crossbar.

But there was also an incident when Toni Villa could have been sent off for a bad tackle on Alvaro Morata, yet the referee didn’t go and check the VAR screen in this instance.

“There are some situations when you understand VAR and others when you don’t,” Herrera said after the draw.

“In some plays it intervenes, and in others it doesn’t.

“But you don’t end up understanding in what plays it can intervene.

“But hey, they’re trying to make it the best they can and human beings make mistakes.”

The miss ensured Los Rojiblancos kept a fifth consecutive clean sheet and left with a point, though Herrera wanted more.

“It’s a point that we don’t think a lot of,” he said.

“We hadn’t planned to come here and leave with a point because we always go out to impose ourselves, but maybe it will serve us later.”

Atletico were in action in the Champions League during the week, but the Mexican doesn’t think fatigue played a part in their sub-par performance.

“The players are prepared for it and at this club, with this coaching staff, it’s not the case,” he added.

“We prepare very well and had enough time to recover.”

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