Malouda targets Wembley date
Florent Malouda believes Chelsea could be destined to reach this season's Champions League final.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 16/09/10 4:47pm
Chelsea winger Florent Malouda believes the Blues could be destined to reach this season's Champions League final at Wembley.
This year's European showpiece will be staged at England's national stadium, where Chelsea have won three of the past four FA Cup finals.
The Blues kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 4-1 away win against Group F minnows MSK Zilina on Wednesday night.
And Malouda hopes that is the start of a run that takes them back to Wembley to become the first London side to win European club football's top prize - and in their own city.
"It is a sign for us that the Champions League final is being played at Wembley," said the France international.
"We have won there a lot in recent years and it's a big objective for the club. Our aim is to be there again in May and to win.
"We love playing there as we have shown by winning three FA Cups in the last four years. We have a good feeling every time we go there and maybe it is our destiny to be there in May.
"That's what I wish and every player in the squad is thinking about that in their minds. We have to be ready to get through the group phase now but we have to be ready for the knock-out phase as well."
Chelsea were 3-0 up inside 28 minutes in Slovakia after Michael Essien's opener was followed by a Nicolas Anelka brace.
Daniel Sturridge made if 4-0 three minutes after the break before Tomas Oravec scored a consolation and Malouda accepted the Blues have to improve on their second-half performance.
"We controlled the game in the first half but we didn't play at our best level in the second and were a bit sloppy," he added.
"We have to be aware we can't afford to play like we did in the second half. We want to finish first in the group stage. It is really important for the draw."