In the buildup to the highly anticipated Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool, a lot of people, including the footballing pundits, have voiced their opinions regarding both teams and made their predictions.
A lot of English pundits’ predictions have been in favour of Liverpool, and it isn’t surprising. But we have one spicy take from a famous pundit, who also happens to be a former Real Madrid flop. Former English international Michael Owen has said in an exclusive to Daily Mail, “I think Liverpool are better than Madrid and they could blow them away. 3-1 or 3-0 is my prediction.”
Well, it is one thing to say that Liverpool will win against Real Madrid, as he’s a Liverpool legend. But to comment that Liverpool will ‘blow away’ Real Madrid is clearly a sign of disrespect to his former club, where he failed badly. Takes like these and Steve McManaman’s combined XI of Liverpool and Real Madrid, give us a clear image of the ignorance of several English pundits.
Michael Owen, who has previously claimed that Virgil van Dijk is the greatest centre-back of all time, is famous for his rather outlandish, and mostly false comments as a pundit, so it isn’t really surprising to see such comments coming from him.
Owen hasn’t learned that you can never write off Real Madrid
In spite of having played for the club in his career, Michael Owen doesn’t seem to have learned the fact that you can write off Real Madrid only at your own risk. Most of the foreign fans, if not everyone, have learned the same by watching the club’s unbelievable comebacks against PSG, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Owen arrived at Real Madrid as a Ballon d’Or winner in 2004, but couldn’t realise the basic fact that he had to maintain his form and fight for his place to get minutes, and left for Newcastle United a year later. He had a decent tally of13 LaLiga goals in his only season at the club, but wasn’t able to win over the fans and the club, due to which he’s seen as a flop at the club.
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We can’t expect better words from someone who couldn’t learn the ways of the club, and instead, we should gear up to see statements like “Liverpool can’t lose if they don’t concede a goal.”