Chelsea legend 'hopes above all' to avoid current Blues' stars next summer

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has revealed the team he most wants Holland to avoid in Brazil next summer ... neighbours Belgium!

Jose Mourinho recently took a trip to Belgium simply to cast his eyes over a friendly match between the home nation and Colombia. Now while the more fanciful football follower out there may have come to the conclusion that this was to watch over Jackson Martinez or Radamel Falcao of the visitors - it is more likely he took the chance to cast his eye over the current crop of Chelsea talent coming through the Belgian system.

The Blues currently have Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku as Chelsea contracted players currently in the Red Devils squad - while Thorgan Hazard is just on the cusp.

So that could be five Chelsea players going to the World Cup next summer - and one Chelsea legend who has no intention of facing them is Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

The former striker, who currently works in Belgium as head coach of Royal Antwerp, is of course a former Dutch international. The Netherlands, like England, are not seeded for Brazil 2014 - meaning one of Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Switzerland and Belgium will be in their group.

For Jimmy Floyd, there was no doubt which team he would most like to avoid at the Group Stage … his Benelux rivals and their litany of Chelsea stars.

Here is what he said:

I hope above all that it will not be Belgium. It is always a special match with Belgium. In 1998, we played against them. Our team was superior, but they still held zero. We are neighbours; we always endeavour to surpass each other. At the moment, Belgium have a better team than us, so we hope to avoid. "

Indeed, on paper it appears that Belgium have the better team.

But Holland have the better form at the moment, as many of the Belgian players are not getting regular football at their current clubs.

But as England and Scotland fans can vouch, when neighbours collide, form often goes out the window.

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