Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has said that the club are not taking any portion of pre-season lightly after last season’s trophyless season started without a single friendly win.
Tuesday’s closed-door friendly with Wycombe Wanderers saw the Blues score a 3-0 result with goals from Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun, and Slobodan Rajkovic, which Malouda said was a good first step for the club under new boss Andre Villas-Boas.
“To be back on the pitch, even if it was a friendly, was good and it was important to start the pre-season well,” Malouda said.
“So I think we were very serious and did a good job because I remember last year we lost all our friendly games.
“Even if it is a friendly we have to get back to that feeling of winning so we must be happy with first game, first win.
“Everybody was pleased because we were working very hard in training to put everything together. Even though we are training in the morning and afternoon, a game like this is very important to get back to the normal distances, to get back to our full fitness so yes, there were many reasons to be happy.”
Chelsea’s next pre-season friendly will be Saturday’s match at Fratton Park against Portsmouth. It will mark the first chance the press and public have a chance to get a look at Villas-Boas in action in the Chelsea dugout.
Malouda has fond memories of playing against Portsmouth, who Chelsea beat in the 2010 FA Cup Final, and looks forward to playing in front of their supporters again.
“We know the fanbase there is very good, Portsmouth have really good fans in my opinion and it is really good in a pre-season game when you have this kind of atmosphere,” Malouda said.
“That is what we are looking for and it is good because it helps us to concentrate and it puts a little bit of pressure on the game, and we have to come back to this type of pressure for the new season.”
“I was pleased with the game every time we came to play at Portsmouth but I remember it was really sad after the Cup Final and they were relegated.
"So I wish they come back in the Premier League because it is a good club with a good fanbase and hopefully we can play against them next year in the Premier League.”