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."