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Chelsea's Champions League opponents Atletico Madrid appeared to trial a football first over the weekend.

Atletico Madrid trialled a new gadget over the weekend, which could become revolutionary for football coaches.

Assistant coach German Burgos, a former Argentine international, was pictured sitting on the bench, wearing a Google Glass headset.

The devices allow users to take pictures, videos, surf the web and access apps, acting as a handsfree gadget. They are presently being trialled and have gone on sale to the general public only in America for one day only today (Tuesday).

Burgos and Atletico have managed to get hold of one however, and have apparently set about using it as an aid when it comes to helping Atletico Madrid's trophy charge.

During their 2-0 win over Getafe, Burgos could be seen wearing the headset, which streamed real-time statistics relating the the game unfolding in front of him.

Atletico Madrid, clearly excited by the initiative, provided a snapshot of the data, basic at this stage, of what Burgos was able to access. It's likely this will be able to be drilled down into individual player statistics, if not now, then in the future.

Atletico face Chelsea in under 10 days time, and it will be fascinating to see if the La Liga leaders continue to use Google Glass.

While it is not providing data coaches cannot already access via an iPad for example, it is far more convenient for the technologically savvy coaches to wear and use to access live data.

It's very possible this could become commonplace in the future in the Premier League; managers are often seen wearing headsets to communicate with various members of staff and this would become just the next step.

Even more revolutionary would be for the game's governing bodies to permit officials to wear the headsets, and have a referee stream a replay before his very eyes before making a decision. That surely would not slow the game down.

Football's technological revolution is coming, and it's time the game embraced it. German Burgos may not realise what he has just started.

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