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Vidal aims VAR swipe at Real Madrid

Published:Friday | August 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Chilean star Arturo Vidal is already charging up the rivalry between his new club Barcelona and their fierce rivals Real Madrid.

The former Juventus and Bayern Munich midfielder claimed Real Madrid would have not won the last two Champions Leagues title had VAR been in use.

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

"With VAR, Bayern would have two more Champions League titles and Madrid two less," said Vidal.

"I want to win everything," he added. "My favourite title is the Champions League."

Bayern felt hard done by on both occasions when they went out to Madrid after a number of decisions went against them, including Vidal's red card in their quarter-final second leg in April 2017.

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 with his second goal coming from an offside position.

Bayern also had issues with some of the decisions in last season's semi-final, when the Bundesliga champions were denied a penalty for a poor challenge from Sergio Ramos on Robert Lewandowski.