Was Thibaut Courtois Really to Blame For Edinson Cavani Goal? Michael Owen Thinks So

Was Thibaut Courtois Really to Blame For Edinson Cavani Goal? Michael Owen Thinks So

Chelsea were beaten 2-1 by PSG in the first leg of their last 16 tie Champions League tonight, thanks to a goal from Edinson Cavani.

Guus Hiddink’s side went down 1-0 thanks to a deflected free-kick from PSG talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic but equalised before half time through John Obi Mikel.

However the Blues were on the losing side after Cavani came off the bench and fired the ball past Thibaut Courtois from a tight angle.

And BT Sport commentator Michael Owen was quick to point the finger at the Belgian goalkeeper.

Owen claimed that Cavani shouldn’t be scoring from that angle and Courtois should be criticised for not making the save.

Owen said: “He’s let the ball go underneath his body, it was a lovely ball and peeled off run and he’s just onside. But from here I don’t think he should score.”

The 36-year-old, who scored 49 time for England in 89 appearances, added, “You’ve got to really block that gap. Through the legs is a big space and how many times do you see that, strikers hitting it low and hard through the legs.”

“He shouldn’t be scoring from there, Courtois should be doing a lot more.”

Owen was quickly made the target of abuse on social media with Chelsea fans venomously disagreeing with the former Liverpool and Manchester United forward:

While the result was poor it’s not the end of the world for Chelsea as PSG are still to travel to Stamford Bridge for the return leg in a few weeks time.

Many Chelsea fans will even take positives from tonight’s result as thanks to Mikel, the Blues have an away goal to build upon.

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