Michael Owen is certainly one of the more opinionated of former footballers on Twitter. The former Liverpool and Manchester United man is regularly on the social network rubbing up one set of fans the wrong way - and since he took over as a lead pundit and analysis on BT Sport that has only increased.
And today he has been talking on the subject of both English teams in action in the Champions League this week - Manchester City and Arsenal.
In particular, he has been speaking about the managers.
Both were upset with refereeing decisions from their respective games. Manuel Pellegrini felt Martin Demichelis fouled Lionel Messi outside the area for Barca’s opening goal - a penalty converted by the miniscule Argentine wonder.
Pellegrini also felt that the Swedish referee was lenient on Barca - and should not have been officiating a game of this importance.
Wenger was upset with the way Arjen Robben went down under the challenge of Wojciech Szczesny - believing he made the most of the contact.
He also said the referee had ‘killed the game’ in regards to a spectacle with the decision.
Both then seemingly felt the referees played massive roles in their losses - in fact, even Pep Guardiola agreed with Wenger on that point, the opposing coach of Bayern Munich.
Owen however had this to say on the matter …
Disappointing results for both English teams in the Champions League. By the sounds of it, both played better than the score line suggests?— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 20, 2014
Sounds on here like both were beaten by the better team. Strange comments from Pellegrini and Wenger after the game.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 20, 2014
The interesting thing is this … is Owen basing his comments on what he hears from Twitter. It certainly sounds like he didn’t actually watch the games, but instead is gauging the managers reaction from what is fed back to him online.
He was on holiday in Dubai while the games were on so seemingly didn’t view them - so making such comments seems slightly and unnecessarily antagonistic.
Probably not the most reliable way to gather information Michael - Arsenal and City fans will do better to listen to the opinions of those experts who actually watched the games.
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