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Real Madrid defender reacts to VAR controversy: “Not going to doubt the system”



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Marco Asensio’s big moment at Spotify Camp Nou ended in heartbreak when the possibly winning goal for Real Madrid against Barcelona was ruled out for offside. Eventually, the Catalans scored a late winner to establish a 12-point lead in the league standings.

Carlo Ancelotti revealed his doubts over the decision after the game, which has snowballed into a bit of a controversy.

However, Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal opted to not side with his manager on the matter.

Speaking to COPE on VAR and the semi-automated offside system that La Liga are planning to introduce in the future for offside calls, he said:

“We are not going to doubt the system, we must abide by the decision and that’s it. The semi-automatic offside seems more objective, more reliable and faster system.”

FIFA implemented the new semi-automatic system for the first time in the Qatar 2022 World Cup and its introduction was seen as a success.

The system utilises ‘12 dedicated tracking cameras mounted underneath the roof of the stadium to track the ball and up to 29 data points of each individual player, 50 times per second, calculating their exact position on the pitch,’ as claimed on FIFA’s official website.

The implementation of that system could go a long way in erasing any and all scepticism that teams may have with regard to offside calls moving forward.

The 91st-minute winner conceded by Los Blancos came on Caravajal’s flank as Alejandro Balde steamed into open space after Lewandowski’s pass before laying a perfect cross for Franck Kessie.

Needless to say, there should be some concern in the club offices over the ageing right-back department, especially after Sunday’s result.

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  1. Pat Grey

    March 21, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Caravajal is certainly done. He was gasping for breadth toward the end of the game. He needs to be replaced as quickly as possible. Most of RM’s defense problems come from either Caravajal’end or Mendy’s end. Both players are no longer Madrid materials. Meanwhile, stubborn old coach Ancelotti and ageing Florentino will be stupid to let one of their very few good players, in the person of Asensio, leave at the end of this season!

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025



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As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.

All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.

And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.

Hakimi could return to Real Madrid

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.

Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.

However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.

And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.

Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.

As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.

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