Michael Owen tweets after top coaches ask for away-goals rule to be reviewed

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The away-goals rule in continental football competitions has always been a big talking point.

It was first introduced in 1965 and has decided European cup encounters ever since; Roma knocked Barcelona out of last season’s Champions League via the away-goals rule after scoring at the Camp Nou.

But, while it can be the source of some very tense moments, not everyone is a fan.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called for it to be scrapped in 2015 after the Gunners went out of the Champions League to Monaco on away goals.

“What it does today is to encourage the team at home not to attack,” Wenger said.

“You protect your clean sheet because it becomes vital. So it encourages more defensive football in some situations than offensive football.”

The rule was a hot topic at the annual meeting of some of Europe’s high-profile club coaches in Switzerland, where Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Unai Emery were among those present.

Away-goals rule to be reviewed

According to UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti, the coaches asked the governing body to review the rule.

“The coaches think that scoring goals away is not as difficult as it was in the past," Marchetti said.

"They think the rule should be reviewed and that's what we will do."

Marchetti also said that the coaches feel the away-goals rule is counter-productive and, as Wenger said three years ago, encourages home teams to defend.

Michael Owen tweets

Some people enjoy the rule but Michael Owen is happy that the coaches want it to be reviewed.

“About time. The way teams approach games in Europe has changed,” Owen wrote on Twitter.

“The away goals rule is outdated and needs scrapping.”

Owen’s tweet has got football fans talking.

Many agree that the rule needs to be scrapped.

But others are of the opinion that it should remain in the game.

Massimiliano Allegri, Julen Lopetegui, Carlo Ancelotti and Thomas Tuchel also attended the manager’s meeting.

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