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Michael Owen claims Barcelona face a ‘rebuilding job’ despite beating Napoli

Michael Owen took aim at Barcelona for being ‘an ageing team’ and questioned their chances of winning the Champions League this season despite Lionel Messi inspiring them to a 4-2 aggregate victory over Napoli to reach the quarter-finals.

CAfter a 1-1 draw in Naples in the first leg in February, Clement Lenglet headed the hosts in frontbefore Messi produced a wonder goal then earned a penalty that Luis Suarez converted with Lorenzo Insigne scoring a consolation from the spot.

Following the game, Owen was critical despite the win and drew a contrast with the famous side that dominated domestically and in Europe between 2008 and 2012.

Owen told BT Sport: ‘When you look at the attempts on goal it’s one sided. Barcelona don’t look like a team that are going to get all the way to the final. 

‘Barcelona have got talented players but it’s an ageing team. There’s not a lot of pace in attacking areas. They’re a bit disjointed. 

‘They don’t look like Barcelona to me. I think it will be a bit of a rebuilding job for them over the next few seasons.’ 

Despite securing progress in the Champions League, it has been a turbulent season for Barcelona after being eliminated in the Copa Del Rey quarter-finals and seeing Real Madrid win LaLiga.

Ernesto Valverde was sacked with the club top of the league table, only for his replacement Quique Setien overseeing a slump in form that cost them a second successive title. 

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