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Michael Owen ripped on Twitter for obsession with Champions League match ball

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One day, Michael Owen will commentate on a football game without saying something daft.

When that day comes is anybody’s guess.

The BT Sport pundit was mocked on Twitter during Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday after he made an odd comment about the match balls.

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“The balls are light so it will be a quick game,” Owen said, per the Independent.

Cue mass hysteria on social media.

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It seems the former Liverpool striker has something of an obsession with the Champions League match ball. During the first leg of the last 16 clash, he was ridiculed on Twitter for commenting on the way in which the Adidas ball flies.

There is some logic to Owen’s words, which came in the opening minutes of Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to PSG at Stamford Bridge, but it’s only after careful dissection that they begin to make sense.

Light balls should lead to slick passing and thus a quick game. Or so we think Owen means.

PSG came out on top

And he was partly correct in his prediction. Both teams played neat football and all three goals came from well-worked moves.

It was the French team who played the neatest football, though. Adrien Rabiot gave Laurent Blanc’s team the lead - and a crucial away goal - in the 16th minute when he converted Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross.

Diego Costa got the hosts back into the tie when he slotted past Kevin Trapp in the 27th minute.

Costa’s goal left the tie on a knife-edge - PSG led 3-2 on aggregate but another Chelsea goal would have taken the tie to extra time.

Yet Ibrahimovic put the tie beyond Chelsea’s reach when he tapped home Angel di Maria’s cross in the second half.

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Hiddink's second defeat

Guus Hiddink has only lost two games since taking charge of the Blues in December and both defeats came against PSG.

He said after the game, per the BBC: “We gave too much respect in the first 10 minutes, they were dominating. They are a good side but once we stepped up we had some chances.

"In the 67th minute it all changed. We had a good chance to score, then Diego Costa was injured. We knew he was not totally fit but he desperately wanted to play and scored a beautiful goal.

"It is a difficult season. We were almost panicking about relegation when I came in but it is difficult to get into fourth place.”

The Dutchman will now turn his attentions to the FA Cup. Chelsea face Everton in the quarter-finals on Saturday as they look to salvage some pride from a dismal season.

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The Champions League loss means Chelsea are unlikely to be playing European football next season, which could have an affect on their ability to strengthen the side in the summer.

Antonio Conte is expected to be appointed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor.

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