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Carabao Cup Final Preview - Florent Malouda

Carabao Cup Final Preview - Florent Malouda

Former Chelsea star Florent Malouda is expecting a tough afternoon for his old side, when they take on Liverpool in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final. The Blues are targeting their third trophy of Thomas Tuchel’s reign, having won the Champions League and Club World Cup since the German took over at Stamford Bridge. But they will come up against an in-form Liverpool outfit, who have racked up eight victories on the bounce in all competitions – and are closing in on table-toppers Manchester City at the Premier League’s summit.



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Big Challenge For Chelsea

Speaking exclusively to Genting about the West Londoners’ chances of victory this weekend, Molouda said:

“This is a huge challenge [to win on Sunday]. I’m sure that Liverpool has other plans. 

“From what I saw last season, right after the Champions League final, Thomas Tuchel wants to win more and more – the more he wins he doesn’t lose focus. 

“That’s how he prepares his team from the beginning. He brings the competition and he keeps everyone on their toes – it’s because he’s always thinking about the next achievement, and that’s what it’s all about. 

“He’ll be thinking about his records and he will want to win.”

Wary Of Liverpool On The Break

The former France international is expecting a cagey affair at Wembley, but feels that Chelsea need to watch out for the Reds’ ability to hurt teams on the break.

“With these two teams, the game will always be tight,” he explained.

“You know in terms of style, Chelsea like to put pressure on teams and Liverpool is very good on the counterattack. I think Chelsea has to be very, very careful. 

“In every final won by Chelsea, they always put pressure on the opponent, it doesn’t matter who they face. In the Champions League final, Man City couldn’t play their game because of the high-pressure Chelsea put them under. 

“That’s what Thomas Tuchel came for, Tuchel came for the final. To achieve that you need to be able to deliver physical intensity and you need your best players to be mentally ready to deliver the same kind of performance.”

Reflection On 2008 Final

And the current generation of Chelsea players will be hoping to succeed when Malouda failed – losing the 2008 League Cup final to Tottenham Hotspur, under the stewardship of Avram Grant.

“I remember this season really, when Jose [Mourinho] left it was difficult, so this cup final was a way for us to really have a successful season,” he said. 

“During Jose’s first era, the club won the League Cup. As players, we remembered that, but Tottenham were simply better than us and we didn’t have a great final.

“This did not stop us to get into the Champions League final as well [when Chelsea were defeated on penalties by Manchester United in 2008]. 

“The League Cup final can give your confidence a serious boost; it’s an opportunity to show you are all about winning trophies, showing up at finals, and showing that you are the best team.

“And when you have opponents like Liverpool, it sends a message to not only the fans in England, but also in Europe. We are ready and we are ready to deliver. We are ready to conquer. 

“This is the magnitude of the match. This cup final will be very, very important.” 

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