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UEFA plans to use VAR next season

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MONACO (AP) UEFA plans to start using video review to help referees at next year’s Super Cup.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the often-controversial technology is unlikely to be used for the Champions League this season.

Ceferin says “for now, it doesn’t look as though it will happen.”

The Super Cup between this season’s Champions League and Europa League winners will be played on Aug. 14, 2019, in Istanbul.

UEFA could then use video assistant referees in next season’s Champions League, and the Europa League from 2020.

Although Ceferin said VAR worked better than expected at the World Cup, it appears to be technically harder for UEFA to make it work in simultaneous games across Europe than it was for FIFA in Russia alone.

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Lopetegui, Casemiro, Marcelo react to Super Cup loss

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Real Madrid fell apart in extra time of the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, losing 4-2 at the hands of cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid.

And new manager Julen Lopetegui says it was not down to desire, even considering how many trophies Real has lifted in recent seasons.

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“These players have won a lot of titles but I do not think that their hunger for titles was missing tonight,” he said. “Last year in La Liga things did not go right for them. We want to get the best out of the team and start picking ourselves up after losing this title. We were all excited for this trophy.”

Losing his first serious match doesn’t bode well for Lopetegui, though his club sold Cristiano Ronaldo, didn’t start Luka Modric, and still came close on Wednesday.

Marcelo didn’t want to talk about transfers.

‘”We need to change our mindset because we have a whole season ahead of us,” he said. “I don’t make the signings. The squad looks good to me. We are united as a group. We played a good game until extra time.”

Casemiro has his coach’s back.

“Any team is bound to miss Ronaldo,” he said. “He is a great player, but he left and we cannot talk about him now, the same with Zidane. We have to talk about the coach, Lopetegui, he is doing a great job. We did good things and we must improve other aspects. The players here are trying to do our best to win titles for Real Madrid.”

Atleti wins UEFA Super Cup’s Madrid Derby

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Diego Costa scored twice in regulation and Saul Niguez notched a beautiful goal in extra time as Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid 4-2 on Wednesday in the UEFA Super Cup.

Koke added a 103rd minute marker in Tallinn, Estonia, to round out the scoring for Atleti, which claimed its third Super Cup since 2010.

Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored for Real, which had won the last two Super Cups. The match pits the winners of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League.

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It took less than a minute for Atleti to take the lead, with Costa winning a 50/50 over Sergio Ramos, then rounding Raphael Varane before blasting past Keylor Navas high and tight. Not a bad trio to count amongst your victims.

Real equalized when Gareth Bale sent a sensational back post cross to Karim Benzema, whose angled-back header was equally nice.

The 62nd minute saw Real get its first chance at the lead, with Juanfran‘s flailing arm striking a cross in he Atleti box. Ramos converted his stuttered run-up to make it 2-1.

Costa leveled the score after a glittering Juanfran move through the 18 and cutback to the top of the six.

Saul’s extra time marker was sensational, catching an 18-yard side volley with fury. The ball was always tailing away from the diving Navas, and set-up by Thomas Partey.

Bale, Mourinho react to Man Utd transfer links

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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was not allowed to relish his side’s UEFA Super Cup win over Manchester United for too long.

Bale was quizzed on his future soon after Real topped the Red Devils 2-1 in Macedonia on Tuesday, and tried to brush aside the idea of leaving the club he joined in 2013.

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On Monday, Mourinho claimed he’d meet Bale at the airport if Real made the Welshman available for transfer. Bale’s starting role in the Super Cup changed those thoughts:

“Clearly the club want him, the manager wants him and he wants the club. Clearly game over. I think everyone knows he is going to stay.”

Bale has almost been at the Bernabeu for as long as he was at White Hart Lane. The recently-minted 28-year-old had this to say following the win.

Real hasn’t had any transfer conversations with Bale, according to the player.

“I’m just concentrating on my football and I’m not listening to anything. I’m not reading anything, although people tell me bits and bobs. I’m enjoying my football and playing as much as a I can and winning trophies.”

Bale’s name has been floated as a sale option in order to raise money to buy Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, but Real has also moved out James Rodriguez on loan and getting rid of Bale would hit their depth while pursuing a third-straight UCL title. No one’s done that since Bayern in 1976.

Mourinho “optimistic” after Super Cup loss, takes shot at Ronaldo

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says that on another day, perhaps with VAR, his side wins the UEFA Super Cup over Real Madrid.

Mourinho presided over United’s 2-1 loss in Macedonia on Tuesday, watching his side get worked for most of the first half and part of the second. The Red Devils then turned on the juice late and nearly found an equalizer against Europe’s top team.

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Though he didn’t hang onto his runners-up medal (see below), Mourinho felt pretty good about the outing.

Considering that Casemiro was a shade offside for the first goal, Mourinho has a case to be made regarding VAR. But Real also hit the woodwork on multiple occasions and played most of the match without one of the best players of all-time.

As for Cristiano Ronaldo, Mourinho wasn’t too impressive with his cameo. From the BBC:

From the BBC:

“I think we did well, I think we lost to one goal which shows the result was really short and one of their goals was an offside. With a good VAR system it would be 1-1 and extra-time.

“We were playing a team full of fantastic players, we discussed the result until almost the end. I say almost the end because with Cristiano Ronaldo coming on, because every time Ronaldo wanted a free-kick the game was stopped. We gave them a fight but have reasons to leave optimistic and proud. Let’s go for Sunday.”

Mourinho claimed his side is better than the team that beat Ajax in the UEFA Europa League Final.

He also said his club is looking forward to a few days rest before Sunday’s Premier League opener at West Ham United, and also made it clear that Gareth Bale‘s participation means the Welsh star won’t be available through the transfer market.

Ronaldo certainly did his best to milk a late free kick, gesticulating wildly in a delayed fall after contact from Antonio Valencia, but the Mourinho criticism is more misdirection than anything to blame in a match which saw seven minutes of stoppage time thanks to a late facial injury to Marouane Fellaini.