“I don’t know if the Final would’ve been Real Madrid-Liverpool” if the Champions League had VAR, said Roma star Alessandro Florenzi.
The Giallorossi won 4-2 on the night, but went out 7-6 on aggregate as Liverpool will meet Real Madrid in the Champions League Final.
Director of sport Monchi and President James Pallotta felt the absence of VAR in the tournament is “an absolute joke” after two clear penalties were not awarded today.
“The bitterness remains, especially for that penalty and what would’ve been a red card. We could’ve gone 3-2 up and attempt the miracle that we only grazed,” Florenzi told Mediaset Premium.
“It does make you angry to go out like that. We conceded seven goals over two legs, but without the first Mohamed Salah goal being offside, then the penalty on Edin Dzeko who wasn’t offside and the really obvious one with the handball…”
This comes 24 hours after Bayern Munich’s fury at a Marcelo handball that wasn’t spotted by the officials in the other semi-final.
“If there was VAR technology in the Champions League, I don’t know if the Final would’ve been Real Madrid-Liverpool. VAR takes away a lot of doubts and it can happen that a referee doesn’t see it in a split second, but in 10 seconds you can watch the footage and be sure.
“Roma could’ve achieved something extraordinary, which all of Rome was dreaming of. I think all of Italy is proud of us tonight. It has to be a starting point for us and not a finish line, as we must want to live these nights again.
“We are very proud of this jersey and I think our fans are proud of what we’ve done too.”