Ron rates Blues over Barca
By Stephen Bateman
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ronaldinho has caused a furore by picking six Chelsea players in his dream team.
Ronaldinho has caused a furore by picking six Chelsea players in his European dream team and none from Barcelona.
The Brazilian will line up against Chelsea alongside his Barca team-mates when the two sides meet in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League during February.
Ronaldinho has selected Petr Cech, John Terry, Claude Makelele, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Eidur Gudjohnsen to appear in his fantasy selection, although he has ignored his colleagues - despite the fact that they are currently running away with La Liga.
"Cech has proved at Chelsea that he is the best young goalkeeper in Europe," he declared.
"In defence, John Terry is my first choice because he is Chelsea's leader and has developed into a very sound defender.
"I choose Makelele simply because he is quite simply the best holding midfield player in the world. The way he sits in front of a defence controlling the game and protecting his back four is incredible.
"And I choose Lampard because of his incredible footballing vision. His passing and his shooting from midfield are outstanding."
He chose Chelsea duo Gudjohnsen and Drogba to partner Milan's Andrei Shevchenko up front, adding: "Shevchenko is very special.
"His individual class and quality - as well as speed - set him apart and make him the world's most dangerous attacker.
"After Sheva, it's not so easy to choose, but I would pick Chelsea's pair. Drogba is very powerful and one of the biggest aerial threats around, while Gudjohnsen is a clever striker who makes as many goals as he scores."