Malouda targets five more wins

The Blues gave themselves a glimmer of hope of retaining their

crown after beating Birmingham 3-1 to move up to second in the

table, six points adrift of Manchester United. Malouda, who netted

twice, knows even maximum points in the run-in may ultimately prove

futile. But with a trip to Old Trafford to come and United also

having to travel to third-placed Arsenal, the destiny of the title

has still to be decided. “The title race is open for the three

teams,” Malouda told his club’s official website. “We have no

choice but to win every game to put pressure on Man United. “They

have to play at Arsenal but we have to play our part by winning our

games. We have to stay humble, we know where we are coming from.

“We had difficult moments we had to overcome to come back to the

second place and now we have to play at our best level. “We have to

give everything until the end of the season.” After all but

surrendering the title midway through the season thanks to their

worst run in the league for almost 15 years, Chelsea are now the

form team in the division, taking 19 points from the last 21.

Malouda has also rediscovered his touch, scoring three times in the

last four games following a mid-season slump. “Mentally and

physically I feel strong again,” said Malouda, who equalled his

best Premier League tally of 12 goals. “When you score two goals in

a game, you feel you are back to your best form. “Maybe it is

because we have fewer games to play and we have more time to

prepare, but I am working hard in training to prepare the best of

my form and have the result in the games.” Malouda’s second goal

was set up by Ryan Bertrand, who made an instant impact after

coming off the bench for his long-awaited Chelsea debut. Malouda

said: “That is a great moment for him. “He did his defensive job

perfectly and gave me that perfect ball and I was really happy.

“That will give him a lot of confidence for the future.”