Malouda: Torres can inspire Blues

Torres ended a 15-hour wait for his first goal in Chelsea colours
when he beat Robert Green to score the second goal in the Blues’
3-0 hammering of neighbours West Ham on Saturday. The Spaniard has
endured a torrid time at Stamford Bridge since his arrival for a
British-record transfer fee and the relief of finally opening his
account was clear as he celebrated the strike by sliding on his
knees in front of the home crowd. Malouda was among the group of
Chelsea players who mobbed the 27-year-old moments later and the
Frenchman expects more goals to come from their expensive striker
in the club’s remaining four matches – one of which is against
United in two weeks’ time. “The first one is always important and
you could see everyone was very happy, we did a big pile up on him
and there was a lot of happiness,” said Malouda, explaining the
scenes that followed Torres’ goal. “It’s very good for his
confidence; we’re going to have more goals from Torres before the
end of the season. “When you are part of the squad you want to
share moments like this. It is always difficult for a striker when
they have pressure because they don’t score. “In a football career
you have to enjoy those moments. When you look at the atmosphere
when I scored the third goal, it was crazy. You train for those
kinds of moments.” Chelsea now trail the Red Devils by six points
and must win their remaining games to stand any chance of denying
Sir Alex Ferguson’s men a record-breaking 19th championship.
“That’s our object until the end of the season,” Malouda added.
“Right now we are getting back to our best performances, so we have
to keep putting pressure on and keep winning. “Winning the title
will be difficult. The only thing we are looking at now is winning
every game we have, then you never know.” A relatively short injury
list has helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side find their form of late, but
the absence of key players like Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba for
long periods has hindered the club’s progress. Malouda reckons the
number of injuries could be down to a punishing international
schedule that saw many of Chelsea’s squad take part in last
summer’s World Cup. “The Premier League is the toughest league in
the world. It has been a long season for us because we have a lot
of international players, which could explain why we dropped a
little bit in the season,” Malouda said. “But everyone can see that
we still have the ambition and desire to be the best. That’s what
we want to do until the end of the season.” Chelsea should find out
tomorrow whether Michael Essien will play any part of the run-in.
The midfielder, who has seen his last two campaigns interrupted by
injury, hobbled off 11 minutes into the second half of Saturday’s
game with a muscle complaint and will be assessed by the club’s
medical staff tomorrow.