Liverpool midfielder Thiago: I HATE modern football and this is why...

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Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara admits he "hates modern football".

Thiago maestro offered the damning assessment ahead of Spain's clash with Poland at Euro 2020, having started on the bench for his country's opening fixture with Sweden.

He told the Guardian: "I have that 'hate modern football' mentality; I'm more classic in attitude. The figure of the No.10 has almost disappeared. We see less magic, less fantasy. Footballers do more but faster.

"There's no need to dribble because you run. Players are more developed in every sense. You lose that player who's different, who 'breathes'; the playmaker who was slower even if he had sublime technique doesn't get the opportunity to turn."

He also declared: “There's also VAR.

"I've always been against it and wish it didn't exist. It takes the essence of the game away from you. It takes away the cunning, the mischief, that is part of football - as long as you don't hurt anyone, of course.

"We make mistakes when we play. Referees must do so too, as they are human. Without trickery, many famous moments in the history of football would not have happened.

"Above all, when we score, even if from midfield, we have to wait, it can be overturned."

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