One day, Michael Owen will be taken seriously as a football analyst.
That will be the same day that pigs are seen floating through the sky, hell freezes over and Brazil stops producing skilful footballers.
The former Liverpool striker is regularly the butt of the jokes on social media whenever he voices his opinion about football. It doesn’t help that, as a pundit, he’s airing his thoughts on a daily basis during the season.
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Twitter was laughing at Owen again yesterday after Croatia finished top of Group D at the European Championship.
Before the tournament in France began, the ex-Real Madrid man was asked for his predictions on each group. And it’s safe to say that he seriously messed up when predicting Group D, which featured Spain, Croatia, Turkey and Czech Republic.
Just check out how Owen thought Group D would pan out.
Of course, Croatia would up winning the group with Spain finishing second. Turkey were third and Czech Republic fourth after picking up just one point from three matches.
Owen was so far wide of the mark. In fact, he didn’t even get one placing correct.
Check out the reaction on Twitter.
Brutal stuff. There’s a lesson in there for all of us - don’t ever follow Owen’s predictions.
Under that thought, Germany are doomed. Owen has tipped the World Cup winners to win the whole tournament, calling them the “nation to beat”.
“Joachim Low still has the nucleus of the side that won the World Cup in 2014 and, whilst they didn’t impress everyone in qualification, their record suggests they are the nation to beat in France,” Owen said, per the Independent.
“The critics will tell you they lack full-backs and that only one of their 23-man squad plays full-back for his club side, but they have real invention and goals in midfield and I suggest we all keep an eye on Schalke’s Leroy Sane who has pace to burn and could be a real weapon against tiring defenders off the bench.”
Note: Sane is yet to play a minute in the tournament. Another wayward call from Owen.
Owen might not offer the most accurate predictions, or insightful commentary, but at least we can always rely on him to provide some laughs.
Never change, Michael.