Van Basten urges Chelsea to change Champions League tactics

Dutch legend Marco van Basten has criticised Chelsea for their tactics against Champions League opponents Barcelona.

Dutch legend Marco van Basten has criticised Chelsea for their tactics against Champions League opponents Barcelona.

The Dutch legend, who won the ­European Cup three times during his illustrious days with AC Milan, was critical of the Blues’ negative approach in overcoming Barcelona in the ­semi-finals.

Van Basten told the Sunday Mirror: “Chelsea can win everyone over in the final, and leave a superb, lasting memory if they play attacking football. I really hope they do.

“Chelsea are in an elite group of three or four of the richest clubs in the world with an owner like Roman ­Abramovich behind them.

“When you have so much ­financial power, and you have bought so many ­quality players over the years, you MUST put that quality on ­display.

“To a certain extent I can understand that it was ­necessary to play in a different way against Barcelona in the two legs of the semi-final.

“But both at Stamford Bridge and in the Nou Camp they never showed any real intention of wanting to create.

“Chelsea are such a big club these days. They have worked themselves to the top of world football. When you have that status, you don’t want to play with one lonesome cowboy up front – Didier Drogba. He needs support.”

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