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.