Chelsea were the only team in the top six of the Premier League table who were at a disadvantage over the introduction of VAR this season.
There have been times when Chelsea fans felt disappointed with refereeing decisions, such as some questionable decisions in the FA Cup final against Arsenal on August 1.
Obviously, some decisions worked in their favour, but statistics from Chelsea’s official website suggest the implementation of video assistant referee technology in the Premier League this season (and other competitions) has been a disadvantage for the Blues.
Frank Lampard’s men had a negative two-point net loss with the review system and became the only team in the top six with negative equity.
Net VAR overturns
Manchester Utd +7
Crystal Palace +4
Manchester City 0
Aston Villa -3
West Ham -4
Sheffield Utd -5
Although two points do not seem like a big deal if we consider other teams’ net overturns, particularly Manchester United, Chelsea could comfortably have finished in third place instead of fourth place.
The Blues have also had five goals disallowed by VAR in all competitions, compared to just one goal given.
Goals ruled out by VAR
Azpilicueta Liverpool (PL h) offside in the build-up
Azpilicueta Ajax (CL h) handball by Tammy Abraham
Zouma Man Utd (PL h) foul by Cesar Azpilicueta
Giroud Man Utd (PL h) offside
Hudson-Odoi Bayern Munich (CL a) offside
Goals given by VAR
Pulisic Valencia (CL a) originally disallowed for offside
The Premier League have introduced five rule changes for the 2020/21 season after Premier League’s Annual General Meeting between the shareholders on August 6.
The official statement read: “Shareholders unanimously approved the implementation of VAR, in line with the full FIFA VAR protocol.”
Those five changes include the increase use of referee review area (RRA), not allowing for tolerance levels on offsides, and encroachments on penalty kicks.
How would these changes impact Chelsea next season? Only time will tell.