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.