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Real Madrid defender reacts to VAR controversy: “Not going to doubt the system”
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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Official: Marco Asensio leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer
Real Madrid have officially announced that winger Marco Asensio will be leaving the club as a free agent at the end of the season. The Spaniard was between a contract extension and departure for a very long time, and eventually decided it was best for him to leave.
Asensio joined Madrid eight years ago, as a 20-year-old, and was loaned out to Espanyol during his first season in the top flight, where he scored four goals and gave ten assists across 34 appearances.
He has since been a key member of Real Madrid’s team, often dropping in and out of starting lineups, though. During his time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Asensio has won three UEFA Champions Leagues, four FIFA Club World Cups, three La Ligas, and three European Super Cups.
“Real Madrid fans will never forget their path and their exemplary behaviors during all this time. Madrid is, and will always be, his home,” the farewell announcement said.
Now, rumours suggest that Asensio will heading to Paris to join PSG on a Bosman move.
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!