Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has said that he hates modern football because of the lack of magic as well as VAR. Although it has been successfully implemented in international football at the Euros, it has been controversially implemented in the Premier League. Long delays, as well as microscopic offside calls, have been at the center of controversy in the Premier League last season.
Alcantara is currently on international duty with Spain at Euro 2020. Spain beat Croatia in the Round of 16 and will now take on the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals of the tournament. He revealed he has never been an advocate of var. He maintained that VAR is ruining the game.
“I have that ‘hate modern football’ mentality; I’m more classic in attitude. And then there’s VAR, which I’ve always opposed. It removes the essence, the picaresque,” Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. “We make mistakes when we play, referees have to make mistakes, too. Lots of mythical moments wouldn’t exist [with VAR]. And when you score, even a brilliant goal from the halfway line, you’re waiting. Thinking: ‘I hope there isn’t a foul in the build-up, I hope there’s no offside, I hope’.”
He also revealed that the more physical game has reduced the moments of magic from individuals. These moments were what fans looked forward to during games.
“It’s taken up a different pace, rhythm: more accelerated, more physical,” he added. “The figure of the No. 10 has almost disappeared. We see less magic, less fantasy. Footballers do more but faster. There’s no need to dribble because you run. Players are more developed in every sense. You lose that player who’s different, who ‘breaths’; the playmaker who was slower even if he had sublime technique doesn’t get the opportunity to turn.”