Arturo Vidal admits nothing hurts like unfulfilled dreams following his 2-time Champions League attempt with Bayern Munich, but the Chile international footballer believes the haunting days are over—by dint of FIFA’s adoption of VAR technology.
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Vidal, who currently plays for Barcelona, says Bayern could have won their last two CL finals if VAR technology had been introduced.
Real Madrid twice defeated Bayern in the last two seasons. Interestingly, Ronaldo scored a controversial extra-time goal that was alleged to have been an offside during one of their quarter-final clashes in 2017. Vidal was harshly red-carded in that game by an officiating referee who denied the German club a penalty for Sergio Ramos’ tackle on Robert Lewandoski.
Bayern last won its Champions League trophy in the 2012/13 edition of the competitions, bringing their tally to five.
Vidal, 31, signed a mouth-watering deal valued at €20 million to join Barcelona in July.
Though La Liga management employed VAR since the start of this season, UEFA is yet to adopt the technology in its Champions League matches but—hopefully—the European football body will do so later.
‘VAR is a good development despite the fact that it delays the game a bit,’ Vidal said during an interview with Deportivo Mundo.
‘With VAR, Bayern could have won two Champions League finals.
‘My favorite title is the Champions League,’ he continued. ‘I know Barcelona have won it before but I need it now—I want to win it all.’
The Chilean professional footballer believes playing for La Blaugranas will make his dream of winning a CL come true.
Vidal claimed to have earned the right to play for Barcelona, and alongside superstar Lionel Messi, saying he hopes to enjoy his time in Spain.
The Chilean midfielder feels motivated with Messi’s focus on kissing the Champions League once again after painfully watching Real Madrid win it the last three times.
‘Playing alongside Messi proves what they say about him…He’s the best,’ Vidal acknowledged, adding that their daily training sessions at Camp Nou reveal more to the charismatic Argentine.
‘It’s totally crazy to know how different Messi is,’ the Santiago-born footballer said.