Courtois supports VAR introduction

t may not always work in his team’s favour, yet goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is pleased VAR will be used in the C

Thibaut Courtois is a fan of using technology to help out officials ahead of Real Madrid’s first Champions League fixture with the involvement of VAR.

UEFA will have a VAR team – consisting of a video assistant referee, an assistant video referee and two video operators – in action for all knockout games in the remainder of this season’s competition.

LaLiga introduced the use of video replays for the 2018-19 campaign, so Madrid have experience of playing under such circumstances. It was also used at the 2018 World Cup, where Courtois helped Belgium reach the semi-finals.

The former Chelsea goalkeeper appreciates VAR may not always work in his team’s favour, even if Santiago Solari’s side appeared to come out on the right end of two close calls in Saturday’s away derby against Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid won the game 3-1 but their rivals felt aggrieved at a penalty awarded for the visitors, before another call saw Atletico miss out on a spot-kick of their own when Alvaro Morata went over after a collision with Casemiro.

“I like it [VAR]. I think we saw in the World Cup it was a good experience with all countries in favour of VAR and it worked well,” Courtois told the media. “In Spain, the same thing.

“Sometimes they aren’t sure about the rules and when to intervene, it needs to be a mistake, some people don’t know this. But in general this is football and it if helps it’s good.

“Sometimes it might go against you and the same the other way, so this is fair.”