Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Chelsea strong enough to win the lot: Malouda

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda believes Carlo Ancelotti's new system has turned the Blues into a goalscoring machine.

Ancelotti's side rattled home another four goals in their demolition of Bolton in the fourth round of the Carling Cup and have now scored 13 in the last three home games. They have not conceded at Stamford Bridge since the opening day of the season.

Their last 16 games have seen 37 goals scored by 10 different players and Malouda insists strength in depth will make Chelsea even harder to beat in their quest to win silverware on four fronts.

“The threat comes from everywhere in our team and that's going to be our strength this season,” said Malouda.

“We don't have to depend on one player. Obviously in a season you can have moments when someone is not in form or has the capacity to score.

“As you can see, we have quality throughout the squad. It's important every player shows it when he has an opportunity to do so. That's our strength at the moment because people are doing just that.

“Everyone can score with the movement we have and the quality of our passing game. We have improved a lot with the system.

“At the start of the season we were winning with a bit of difficulty and with one goal being the difference. At the moment we're scoring a lot of goals and we're playing well. We have to maintain that high quality.”

The team's style of play, particularly under former coach Jose Mourinho, was often criticised, but this season only Arsenal have scored more goals.

Malouda said: “Our first objective is to win, but if we do so with a lot of goals it's good for the confidence and for all the players to have that feeling that we can score a lot of goals.”

The only negative aspect to Chelsea’s display was a head injury to goalkeeper Hilario.

He was forced out of action in the first half with concussion and was taken to hospital for a precautionary scan. The problem is not expected to be serious although he is likely to be ruled out for the weekend.

Meanwhile, Bolton boss Gary Megson was unhappy with his team's performance and said the club's fans were the stars against the Blues.

Megson now has to lift his side in time for Saturday's repeat clash with Chelsea at the Reebok Stadium, but he was clearly rattled.

“We would have been better off saving the money on travel,” said Megson. “Our supporters were the only ones who performed anything like they should have done.

“It was a poor performance. A lot of people who have been waiting for their opportunity haven't taken it.”

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