Kalou eager to play his part
Winger wants to be a regular
By Mike Barton. Last Updated: 06/05/10 5:17pm
Kalou: Desperate to play
Salomon Kalou is desperate to play a part in Chelsea's final game of the season to clinch their first title in four years, and his first for the club.
The Ivorian, who played a key role in his side's recent victories over Stoke and Liverpool, admitted he is in his finest form in a Chelsea shirt so far and is eager to continue it in their game against Wigan and in the FA Cup final against Portsmouth.
The Blues are on the brink of becoming only the fifth team in history to win both league and cup in the same season, with victory over the Latics guaranteed to give them their first success.
Kalou has had a mixed time since moving to Stamford Bridge in 2006, often being on the peripheries of the first team, but a hat-trick against the Potters in Chelsea's previous home game has seen his stock rise with manager Carlo Ancelotti.
"I think it is my best form and I think it is because I keep playing," he said.
"Before I used to play one game and then not play and then play the next game. Now I have started the last couple of games and I am looking forward to finishing the season strongly.
"I get better every season and I want to get better every season. I can learn a lot."
The 24-year-old stated that his side were making no changes to their preparations for Sunday's game, where they are seen as overwhelming favourites to see off Wigan and wrestle the title from Manchester United's grasp.
And the winger also claimed his side were hungrier than ever to lift the trophy at Stamford Bridge in front of their supporters.
"We are just training like we train before every game and even if it is the most important game of the season, if we play like we know how to play then should be a nice game to watch," Kalou added.
"After ten months of hard work, if we don't capitalise on Sunday all that work will be in vain. Just one game can spoil everything and we have to play like we are champions.
"Playing for the title in front of your own supporters, we have to enjoy that and make them enjoy it as well and hopefully in the end we can all celebrate together.
"When you have such a good prize at the end the adrenalin make you not think about being tired."
Kalou is also expected to play some part in the FA Cup final at Wembley, with the player confessing his determination to start a final for the Blues for the first time.
"It's step by step and I have never started any type of final for Chelsea," he said.
"This could be my first one and it would be a special game for me which I am looking forward to."