For the sake of football, Barcelona must beat Chelsea, blasts Van der Sar
11:19 GMT, 22 April 2012
Former Holland and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says he hopes Chelsea lose to Barcelona in the Nou Camp after their negative tactics in the first leg.
While the Blues have been praised for their defensive display by their fans – the reaction around Europe has been quite different.
And two time Champions League winner Van der Sar hopes that Barca get the better of Chelsea with their attacking style of play on Tuesday night.
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He said: ‘For the sake of the game and for football in general, I hope Barcelona win in the Nou Camp.
‘I love teams who attack. Chelsea did nothing but defend with nine players and kept lots of players in the middle of the park. But this tie could have been over by now.
‘I expected Chelsea to lose by a big figure. And it could still have been 5-1 to Barca at the end.
‘Chelsea had just one shot at goal – and they scored.’
Van der Sar is not the only former star to criticise Roberto Di Matteo’s side, Ronald Koeman, who won the tournament with Barca in 1992, has also had a go at the Londoners.
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The Feyenoord manager said: ‘As a coach, I could never let my team play like Chelsea did against Barcelona.” Didier Drogba’s goal, from Chelsea’s one strike on target, gives the Blues something to defend in the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
Koeman added: ‘I watched Chelsea defend for 90 minutes and I was appalled they did not try to make something more of the game. I have no admiration for Chelsea’s approach.
‘And, let’s face it, this tie could have been all over by now. Barcelona could easily have won in London.
‘Let’s hope football will be the winner this week and the team with the best approach goes to the final.
‘It is the moment when a team like Chelsea have the chance to create something and they won’t which annoys me. As a team, you can’t sit back and wait for Barcelona all the time.’