Current Chelsea Side Better
Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Even though our time was great, I think this team are probably overall better than we were.
“I think the overall level of football has increased and the competition is much higher – the speed, the physical intensity.
“When you look at what Chelsea has achieved since 2012 in terms of trophies, thinking about the Europa League, the Champions League, the Super Cup, the Club World Cup, for the first time in the club’s history – it’s been phenomenal.
“Records are there to be beaten. I admire this team, they are young. When we won the Champions League we were at the end of our playing cycle, they are just starting, so that’s why for me, they are better than we were.
“They’re performing but they can still improve. There is always a lot of big competition from other clubs to win [the Champions League], but I think Chelsea, with the schedule they have, with the right focus they can make it.”
Chelsea Will Score More Freely
Chelsea have scored a healthy 49 Premier League goals in 25 games but are lagging some way behind the tallies of Manchester City and Liverpool. However, Malouda believes the Blues have all the tools needed to score more freely.
“I think they potentially have the firepower,” he explained. “When you look at the squad with [Romelu] Lukaku, [Timo] Werner, [Kai] Havertz, [Hakim] Ziyech, if each of those players can score 15 goals, then potentially, but at the moment it’s missing.
“That is where this team can improve, and I think they know it, but it’s a matter of confidence.
“The system is good, the team is well organised. When you look at last year, towards the business end of the season, they stepped up and delivered.
“It’s frustrating when you’re a striker and you don’t reach 20 goals a season. When you look at [Karim] Benzema, [Kylian] Mbappe, Mo Salah, it must be frustrating for some of the Chelsea players.
“But imagine when they switch on. That is what’s frightening with this team. They have a lot of room to improve, they are young.
“Confidence for the offensive players makes a huge difference. They have the firepower, but after that you need character and you need to unleash your potential and express yourself within the manager’s system. I am confident they will turn things around.”
Malouda also went on to praise the impact of Blues’ boss Thomas Tuchel, who has claimed a Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup with Chelsea since taking over in January 2021.
“From what I have seen, the results speak for themselves,” he said. “When [Tuchel] arrived he accepted a tough challenge and he had a short contract – he knew he had to deliver right away.
“He came right after a legend like [Frank] Lampard. These were not the best conditions to start your career as a Chelsea manager, but he really understood the project and he was excited and happy to be there, you can feel it.”
The former left-winger concluded: “Thomas Tuchel deserves huge credit. I think mentally and psychologically he’s done very important work to develop the players for high intensity and high-pressure matches.”
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