Monday November 21 2011
Van Basten loves Barca style

Marco Van Basten would have loved to play for the current Barcelona side, the Milan legend has revealed.

Speaking to El Mundo Deportivo ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Milan and Barca, the Dutchman hailed the quality of the Spanish outfit.

“This Barcelona side has more quality than Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan side which I played in,” he stated. “We were more physical.

“It would have been nice to have been able to appear in such a side, a team who play without the shackles of tactics.

“The difference between Pep Guardiola’s side and my Milan team lies in the way they play with and without the ball.

“We always pressed and had a holding midfielder like Frank Rijkaard in front of the defence. They have three playmakers who constantly change positions.

“It seems easy from the outside, but it is not.”

The Italian club need to beat Barcelona at San Siro if they are to achieve their ambition of winning the group.

“Milan have more of a chance in this one as it’s not a home and away clash,” Van Basten continued.

“However, Barcelona are technically and tactically superior to everyone. They are the essence of football – a joy to watch.”

Barca are two points ahead of Milan with two games to go. Both sides have already qualified for the last 16 of the competition.