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Last Updated: Friday, 17 December, 2004, 12:37 GMT
Chelsea concern Van Bronckhorst
Exclusive by Jonathan Stevenson

Barcelona defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst
With their quality you can't be surprised Chelsea are top of the Premiership
Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Barcelona defender Giovanni Van Bronckhorst admits they did not want to be paired with Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Spanish giants are nine points clear in La Liga but Van Bronckhorst is wary of Jose Mourinho's in-form side.

"You only have to see how well they are doing in the league to see they have a great chance of success in Europe," Van Bronckhorst told BBC Sport.

"They are capable of winning this tournament, they have a strong team."

Van Bronckhorst believes Mourinho has created a solid foundation for the team with their defence and thinks fellow Dutchman Arjen Robben will be the main threat.

He added: "They play in a mature way and they have a very tight defensive unit, that seems to be what the team is based on.

"But you look at their attacking options as well, the likes of Robben, Didier Drogba, Damien Duff and Eidur Gudjohnsen, they have lots of quality.

"They are also strong in the midfield area and when you have such a solid team you can't be surprised they are top of the Premiership.

"I knew Robben had the ability to play like this, he's certainly one of the best players in Europe at the moment.

"He's a player who has had a few injuries but he's over them now and is flying, he's one of the brightest talents around."

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