VAR would have denied Real Madrid their last two Champions League titles - Vidal

Real Madrid's recent successes in the Champions League would not have happened had VAR been available, says Barcelona's Arturo Vidal.

Barcelona midfielder Arturo Vidal   -  Getty Images

Arturo Vidal has not taken long to aim a dig at Barcelona's fierce rival Real Madrid by claiming Los Blancos would have not won the previous two Champions Leagues had VAR been in use.

The Chile international swapped Bayern Munich for Camp Nou, earlier, this month and after only two competitive appearances for the Blaugrana, he has taken a swipe at Madrid.

Vidal was part of the Bayern squad that was beaten by Real Madrid in the latter stages of the previous two editions of the competition.

Bayern felt hard done by on both occasions as Madrid got the rub of the green when it came to the big decisions, including Vidal's red card in its quarterfinal second leg in April 2017.

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That clash went to extra time with the scores level at 3-3 on aggregate, but Cristiano Ronaldo turned the tie Madrid's way with a double to complete his hat-trick.

However, his second goal was from an offside position, something Vidal believes VAR would have cleared up and helped Bayern progress – even though it went on to lose the tie 6-3.

Fortune was not on Bayern's side in last season's semifinal, either, when the Bundesliga champion was denied a penalty for a poor challenge from Sergio Ramos on Robert Lewandowski.

"With VAR, Bayern would have two more Champions League titles and Madrid two less," he told Mundo Deportivo. Those decisions denied Vidal a first European title, so he is determined to go all the way with Barca this season. "I want to win everything. My favourite title is the Champions League," he added.

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