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Dutchman expects Spanish side to complete league & European double

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has taunted rivals Arsenal by insisting the Gunners cannot beat Barcelona in the Champions League knockout stages.

Arsene Wenger’s side were dumped out by the Catalan club in last year’s quarter-final and Van der Vaart believes that the Spanish side will prevail again this time out.

“Like last year, Barca [Barcelona] will win. It's true that Arsenal are strong but Barca play at another level. Arsenal cannot defeat Barcelona,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

The Dutch midfielder also praised the attacking talents Pep Guardiola has at his disposal and admitted that he expects Barcelona to complete a domestic and European double this year.

“This Barcelona team is fantastic. Xavi, Iniesta and Messi always generate such danger that it's nearly impossible for the opponents.

“For me, Barcelona is the favourite to win the Champions League and the Spanish League.”

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