Transferred to Liverpool last summer, Thiago Alcantara returned to the difficulties he experiences in identifying with modern football. In an interview with L’Équipe, the Spanish midfielder strongly criticizes the evolution of football in recent years, from the acceleration of the pace of play to VAR, including the rule of five changes.
Quite rare in the world of football. Transferred last summer to Liverpool after winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich, Thiago Alcantara openly criticized the evolution of the game and modern football in the columns of The Team.
Child of Brazilian football and fed on the precepts of the game of FC Barcelona, the 30-year-old midfielder finds it very difficult to identify with today’s football, in loss of its essence.
“Football has taken on a much faster, more physical pace. The number 10 figure has almost disappeared because we have center-backs who are not afraid when they are faced with a technical player. squeeze and don’t give him time to turn around and play his game. “
An evolution that does not please the Spanish international, who grew up alongside the illustrious pair of Xavi and Iniesta, incomparable creators with exceptional football science.
“VAR … I have always been against”
Beyond the evolution of the game, faster and more physical, Thiago Alcantara is not really a supporter of the enthronement of technology in the service of football, in particular the appearance of video arbitration (VAR).
“I’ve always been against it and I wish there weren’t any more. It takes away the essence of the game. It takes away the cunning, the mischief, which is part of football. We make mistakes when We play. The referees must also commit them, because they are human. Without this cunning, many legendary actions in the history of football would not have existed. “
Thiago Alcantara wants to “have fun” playing football and believes that the latest revolutions in the football world do not really help him to feel more of it.