Kepa: VAR needed in matches which decide Euro 2020 qualification

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Ahead of a potentially decisive clash with Norway, Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga believes that VAR should be used in matches which have the potential to determine whether a team qualifies for Euro 2020.

There will not be VAR assistance for Spain’s meeting with Norway, just as there hasn’t been for the rest of the qualification campaign, although it will be in place for the tournament proper in the summer.

“I think there should be VAR in matches which decide if you’re going to play in a European Championship,” Kepa declared to the press.

“We’re used to playing with and without VAR, but it hurt us against Romania with Diego Llorente‘s play.

“However, there is no VAR and we have to get on with it, there’s no other choice.”

After settling rather well into life at Chelsea, the former Athletic Club stopper puts his international success down to the personality changes he’s made during his time in England.

“I have matured as a person and as a goalkeeper,” Kepa explained.

“I have become accustomed to playing in a different way.

“I’m now seeing more physical opponents, also of great quality, and I keep developing because I’m young.”

Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been Barcelona‘s best player this season, and the debate surrounding whether he or Manuel Neuer should be Germany’s goalkeeper rumbles on.

Whilst Uli Hoeness threatened a Bayern Munich boycott of the national team if the Blaugrana stopper was selected ahead of Neuer, Kepa doesn’t think it’s his place to interject.

“Whenever there is a debate for footballing reasons, it’s good for a team,” Kepa confirmed.

“Whatever position that may be in.

“All these comments in the press, I don’t get involved in that, we simply have to do our talking on the pitch.”

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