Malouda hails Carlo role
Florent Malouda reckons he is in the form of his life ¿ and puts much of that down to Carlo Ancelotti.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 05/10/10 12:01pm
Florent Malouda believes he is in the best form of his career - and has put much of that down to Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Malouda struggled to make an impact after his move from Lyon in 2007 but the French forward has been steadily improving over the last 18 months.
Ancelotti has been in charge at Stamford Bridge for the last year and Malouda, 30, enjoyed his best season yet under the Italian coach, scoring 15 goals in an historic campaign.
Chelsea's season looked in danger of falling apart as their Champions League defeat at Inter Milan was followed four days later by a 4-2 Premier League defeat at home to Manchester City.
But the Blues recovered, winning 2-1 at title rivals United before Ancelotti led his side to the Premier League and FA Cup double - something not even former boss Jose Mourinho could achieve.
"Ancelotti has allowed me to reach a new level," he told France Football.
"He gave me responsibility and I believe he has appreciated me. I had some frank talks with him - and that's how a special relationship was born.
"Last year we experienced a difficult week after our Champions League elimination. We lost to Manchester City and Manchester United was ahead of us so everything could have changed.
"We needed a boss, a leader, and that is exactly what he was. People talk about Mourinho but it is the very first time Chelsea have won the Double. Ancelotti entered history."
Malouda has carried his fine form into the new campaign, scoring six goals in Chelsea's opening six Premier League games.
The 30-year-old reckons he is at the peak of his powers and is hoping to follow up last season's success with European glory this term.
"It is a slow improvement that didn't come in one day," he added. "I believe I am in the best form of my whole life at the moment and at the right club.
"People are always more demanding about Chelsea, even though it is quite a young team on the European scene.
"We haven't won the Champions League yet and you could see that as a disappointment, but we have been the steadier team for several years. Each year we've lost against the eventual winner. We know we have the potential to win the title.
"No other clubs make me dream," added Malouda, who is under contract until 2013. "I feel very good here.
"I feel I have blossomed perfectly, even if I believe I am not at my very best yet.
"Even if I would be offered a better contract somewhere else, I don't think I would be happy so I wouldn't go."