Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has expressed relief at the club’s recent back-to-back wins over the Wolves and Portsmouth, and hopes that the Blues can continue to perform well.
A lack of stability has hindered the Blues’ prospects of domestic success this season and with Stamford Bridge not being the fortress it has been in recent years, Malouda admits that the team is particularly concerned about the home form.
Winning 4-0 against Portsmouth in the FA Cup helped raise the spirits in West London and having played an influential role, the Frenchman wants more of the same.
“Especially with the recent results we had at home, we know that there is anxiety in the crowd when you don’t get the result in the first half,” Malouda told the club’s official website.
Alluding specifically to the triumph over Pompey, he continued: “So we had to be patient and keep the right balance of not conceding a goal and then trying to score the first goal, and after the first try to carry on.
“Especially in the *goalless) first half it was difficult for us to find a solution, it was difficult to break down Portsmouth’s defence and it made a big difference with the first goal.
“After that it was more a counter-attack game for us and we scored three goals in the last 10 minutes, but most of the game Portsmouth gave us a hard time.”
While progress in the FA Cup was reason enough to celebrate, Malouda acknowledges that the significance of defeating Pompey is a lot greater for the purpose of boosting morale.
“This win is very important for a team like Chelsea because we need a good run and a positive result to keep the confidence to compete with the best teams in the country and the best teams in Europe,” Malouda stated.
“We have a lot of important games coming and to have a positive mentality you need the results, so it is very important, especially with the home games, to be able to win every time,” the 31-year old concluded.