Van Basten won the European Cup three times during a stellar playing career with AC Milan and was one of many high-profile voices who criticised the Blues for their negative approach in the semi-finals against Barcelona.
Chelsea produced one of the greatest escapes in European football to win an astonishing Champions League semi-final with Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate despite defending for virtually the entire contest.
However, he believes Chelsea do have the attacking prowess to win their final with Bayern Munich on May 19th.
"Chelsea can win everyone over in the final, and leave a superb, lasting memory if they play attacking football. I really hope they do," he was quoted in the Daily Mirror as saying.
"Chelsea are in an elite group of three or four of the richest clubs in the world with an owner like Roman Abramovich behind them.
"When you have so much financial power, and you have bought so many quality players over the years, you must put that quality on display.
"To a certain extent I can understand that it was necessary to play in a different way against Barcelona in the two legs of the semi-final.
"But both at Stamford Bridge and in the Nou Camp they never showed any real intention of wanting to create.
"Chelsea are such a big club these days. They have worked themselves to the top of world football. When you have that status, you don't want to play with one lonesome cowboy up front - Didier Drogba. He needs support."
Van Basten added: "In the first leg against Barcelona, Drogba really annoyed me. In the Nou Camp he was less irritating. But he was left all on his own in the front line.
"Drogba has had great years at Chelsea. He was a big player. I say ‘was', because he did not look the big player in the semi-final.
"At Stamford Bridge he was going down like a dying swan all the time.
"He did not need to do that, with his status. When I see him like that, I find it irritating and it gives you the idea that he has lost it.
"But he was always capable of brilliant things. He can still be the match-winner in Munich."
Van Basten has actually spent time at Chelsea's training ground during study visits when he was working for his UEFA coaching licences and the Dutch legend rates skipper John Terry very highly.
"I admire Terry as a defender. He was great in the first leg. But how on earth did he think of getting away with that [knee into Alexis Sanchez's back]? It was a silly, naive action at the highest level. Terry went off and left his team with 10 men and he can forget about the final.
"But nobody should feel sorry for Barcelona, they had the chances. Chelsea had only two chances in the away game and took them.
"Now it's their chance to show they are true champions of Europe."
Terry has since revealed he apologised to coach Roberto Di Matteo and his team-mates for his red card in Chelsea's staggering Champions League triumph over Barcelona.