Former Liverpool and Man United striker Micheal Own has slammed Barcelona superstars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez after the Spanish side’s shock Champions League exit at the hands of Roma last night.
Roma had looked all but out after a losing the first leg 4-1 in the Nou Camp. However, the Italian side staged one of the great Champions League comebacks to win 3-0 last night and knock Barcelona – who were many peoples favourites to win the tournament – out on the away goal goals rule.
Speaking after the game on BT Sport Owen blamed the La Liga leaders shock defeat on a lack of defensive work-rate from their star duo Messi and Suarez.
‘It is incredible. When we look at the stats and everything that it tells us it is incredible, but your eyes don’t lie.” Owen said.
‘We looked at the game in the first leg… we’ve watched Barcelona for a number of months now and I’m not sure — even though they haven’t conceded many — I’m not sure you can not concede when you’ve got two strikers that don’t put anything into defending.”
‘They are basically defending with eight outfield players against eleven and I’m not sure you can do that at the highest level.”
“You could argue that Roma aren’t at the highest level. There are teams that will exploit that even more. But no more, because Barca are out.”