Owen fancies Manchester City to overcome Spurs in the Champions League

Former Liverpool star Michael Owen believes Manchester City have the advantage over Tottenham Hotspur in the quest to reach the semi-final stage of the Champions League. The Citizens suffered a slender 1-0 defeat to Spurs during the first leg of the quarter-final on the road but they could have quite easily scored the away goal, had Sergio Aguero managed to score from the penalty spot.

Ahead of the second leg, Owen admitted that Spurs had the luxury of resting some of the regulars unlike Manchester City at the weekend, but still backed the latter to prevail with the home advantage on Wednesday night, he told BetVictor: “City returned to the top of the Premier League table – however briefly – with an excellent performance at Selhurst Park on Sunday when Raheem Sterling again showed what a vital cog he is to the City machine.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool are still favourites for the Premier League crown

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes his former club still hold the advantage over Manchester City in the race for the Premier League crown. The Reds recently dropped a couple of points in the 0-0 derby draw against Everton and this has witnessed them relinquish the top position to the Citizens.

Still, Owen insists that the Reds have the advantage in the title pursuit, given they have gone through the tricky away games while they face the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in their home patch, he told Goal.com: "It looks like it’s a two-horse race. There’s only Manchester City and Liverpool that are potentially going to win the Premier League. “I’ll feel sorry for whoever doesn’t because in any other year the second team would’ve won the Premier League by maybe 10 points. This year has been an exceptional standard and it’s going to go a long way yet.

Michael Owen feels Liverpool will struggle to recruit a top-class striker this summer

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes Liverpool could have a tough time recruiting a top-class striker during the summer transfer window. The Reds have constantly worked with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in the frontline over the past 20 months and Owen feels the club’s strong backing for the trio may affect their summer transfer plans.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Owen highlighted that teams outside of the top six may have an easier chance of pursuing top-class strikers when compared to Liverpool, where the new arrival may have to settle for a bench role. He added that the Reds may have to either recruit a quality marksman approaching the final years of his career or settle for a promising youth prospect.

Michael Owen insists Marcus Rashford needs to continue scoring regularly

Michael Owen believes Marcus Rashford must showcase his scoring touch for the long run, if he is to become the first-choice striker at Manchester United for years to come. The England international has been handed a regular role upfront since the temporary appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December and this has paid dividends with him scoring six times from the nine league matches played.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Owen believes the youngster is making progress towards becoming a world class player with the improvement shown with the finishing which was not the case earlier in the campaign, he said: “He’s looking more and more world class as we go on really, isn’t he? He’s a top player.

Michael Owen hails the qualities of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has hailed the qualities of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he found the scoresheet for the 14th time in the Premier League season against Fulham. The Gabon international only joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund at the start of 2018 but he has since adapted excellently with 26 goals already across all competitions.

Speaking on BT Sport, Owen highlighted that Aubameyang is an outright goalscorer while praising his ability to pick the right kind of shot for every goal, he said:“He’s a goal-scorer. He’s got the pace to get into certain areas. The big thing about goal-scorers is that you have to maximise your chances of scoring with every chance you get. You have to choose the right finish, and I think he does that as well as most. He goes for power when he needs to go for power and he can place it and score different types of goals. He picks the right finish every time.”

Liverpool have already earned Alisson’s transfer fee back – Michael Owen

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has made a huge statement about goalkeeper Alisson following the Reds’ slender 1-0 win over Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Jurgen Klopp’s side required a victory to seal their progress into the knockout phase but they had to work hard for the outcome after ArekMilik nearly scored the leveller for Napoli in injury time.

Thankfully, Alisson was at the right spot with a strong hand to push the attempt over the bar and speaking after the game, Owen believes the Brazilian has already made up for the hefty transfer fee paid by the Blues earlier in the summer, he said: “It’s a mental game really isn’t it. For all Liverpool’s chances and dominance, in the last minute it could have been so different. Listen it’s not the greatest save in the world, but wow is it important. He’s quick off his line, he’s made himself big. That save alone probably gets the transfer fee back for him. Getting into the next round you’re talking tens of millions aren’t you. It’s a fabulous save, sharp off his line.”

Owen doesn’t think Arsenal will beat United

Michael Owen doesn’t think that Arsenal will be able to earn all three points in their away game against Manchester United. Arsenal’s recent form has been much more impressive than that of United as they clinched the London derby in a magnificent fashion last weekend by a margin of 2 goals.

They are high on confidence and will surely be backing themselves for a win against the Red Devils who have been nowhere close to their best of late. United’s previous premiership game had ended in much disappointment as they failed to attain a victory against Southampton and had to be content with only one point.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool have already signed Philippe Coutinho’s replacement

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes his former side do not require to spend on another attacker, having already replaced Philippe Coutinho with Xherdan Shaqiri during the summer. The Switzerland international arrived from Stoke City earlier in July after the Reds agreed to trigger the £13.5m release clause written into the player’s contract.

Shaqiri thereafter made a slow start to proceedings with a bench role but of late, he has transformed in fortunes, contributing a goal or an assist in five of his previous six matches. In a report covered by The Star, Owen was full of praise for the former Champions League winner, who has quickly settled into the surroundings of his new club.

Michael Owen feels Rafael Benitez may regret offloading Gayle and Mitrovic

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen believes Rafael Benitez may regret offloading the likes of Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic during last summer’s transfer window. The Magpies had a genuine concern with their goalscoring last campaign and this saw them act upon the cause this term with an overhaul of their striking department.

Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto were recruited to reinforce the attack front with the former arriving on a swap-loan agreement including Gayle but the pair have since struggled to live up to their expectations. Speaking on BBC 5 Live Sport, Owen acknowledged that his former side are not playing well and they may end up regretting the decision to let go of Gayle and Mitrovic, who have impressed for West Bromwich Albion and Fulham respectively this term.

Michael Owen poses question marks regarding Arsenal’s defence

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen has posed concern over Arsenal’s defensive record, despite their good start to the season, under manager Unai Emery. The north London giants begun the campaign with successive defeats in the Premier League and they have since sorted out themselves with a run on nine victories across all competitions.

Despite this, they have not been able to keep clean sheets of regular intervals and Owen believes Emery’s side could be found out when they come against some of the elite clubs, he told BT Sport: “From an attacking point of view, Arsenal looked back to the good old days; they've got players that can hurt teams. Against the big boys I think their defence might have a couple of question marks next to it.”
Arsenal’s defence had been a prime concern during the previous campaign as they shipped over 50 goals in the Premier League. In this regard, there has not been much improvement with the team continuing to ship goals but they have shown some progress in terms of the away run compared to the previous season.

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