Following Bayern Munich’s exit from the Champions League after a controversial defeat to Real Madrid, boss Carlo Ancelotti has called for the introduction of video technology to the sport.
The team was trailing 2 – 1 from the first leg of the quarterfinal but they managed to take the game into extra-time at the Bernabeu. However, Arturo Vidal was then dismissed with a harsh second yellow card and Cristiano Ronaldo found the back of the net with the second of his hat-trick which was scored from an offside position. This lead to Real Madrid winning the game 4 – 2 on the night and 6 – 3 on aggregate.
Talking to Mediaset Premium after the game Ancelotti said, “We had thought of everything going into this game – except the referee. It’s a pity, because it was the perfect game otherwise. I am very proud of my players, as they did all they could and more, but then it went the way it went… The referee probably wasn’t up to the task.”
He refused to speculate that Real Madrid had any influence on referees and said that on the night they “simply got it wrong”. He went on to say that he had never been in favour of bringing VAR technology into the game but that he now thinks it is necessary.
Ancelotti thinks that the importance of the Champions League outweighs any negative impact video technology may have. He also said that he spoke to Zinedine Zidane after the game and that “he agreed with me that the refereeing performance was negative. It shouldn’t be happening at this level and I hope the referees will be helped by technology as soon as possible.”
Despite the controversy Real’s players were happy with Ronaldo saying, “We are just winners. Making six goals against a team like Bayern is not easy and we deserve to move through to the semi-finals. We played very well, obviously I am very happy to score all three goals, but the team has been great.”