The last annual UEFA Elite Club Coaches Forum, which took place at the European Football House on Monday, once again provided a lineup of star-filled club coaches with a key platform to meet with UEFA to discuss and discuss various issues related to football.
The talks focused in particular on the Assistant Video Referee (VAR) system, which UEFA is using for the first time in the UEFA Champions League since the qualifying phase of last season before extending the system to other club competitions and European national teams in recent months.
The international match calendar was also present, along with a review of the tactical and technical trends of last season in the UEFA Champions League.
Important meeting for UEFA
"The meeting is important for UEFA, because it is the only opportunity we have to speak with the best coaches," said UEFA Deputy Secretary General Giorgio Marchetti.
"It is vital that we listen to them, because they are the main stakeholders in the game," he added.
The coaches present at Nyon were Massimiliano Allegri (experienced Italian coach), Carlo Ancelotti (Naples), Unai Emery (Arsenal), Paulo Fonseca (Rome), Rudi Garcia (Olympique Lyonnais), Josep Guardiola (Manchester City), Erik ten Hag ( Ajax), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Mircea Lucescu (experienced Romanian coach), Maurizio Sarri (Juventus), Thomas Tuchel (Paris Saint-Germain) and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).
"I think coaches like the fact that it is a unique opportunity for them to sit around a table and talk with their colleagues about important issues that they feel are part of their daily work," said Marchetti.
Discussions on the VAR
Marchetti explained that discussions on the VAR had given coaches an ideal opportunity to discuss the system with the chairman of the UEFA Referees Committee, Roberto Rosetti, who was present at the Nyon meeting.
"It is useful that the coaches and the representative of the main referees can speak together, because it helps to clarify the situations," he said.
"Let's not forget that the VAR is very young. It is a revolution in the game and helps avoid key errors. There are things that need to be adjusted, but I think we have to see the positive points about the system," Marchetti continued.