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Malouda targets strong finish

Malouda: Experience is key. (©GettyImages)
Malouda: Experience is key. (©GettyImages).

Florent Malouda is hoping that Chelsea's previous big-game experience will be a big advantage during the club's tense end of season run-in this year.

The next few weeks will ultimately make or break the Blues' 2011-12 campaign with crucial games in the FA Cup and Champions League to come, while a top-four finish in the Premier League is still not out of the question.

"I would say that now is the money time and when you need players with experience to drive and lead the team on - everything is possible," the Frenchman told the Evening Standard. "The end of the season will be a sprint.

"We have a very strong squad with experience and with young players as well. There is a good mix. But at the end it is just how many titles you win which will decide if it has been a good or bad season."

After the controversial sacking of Andre Villas-Boas in March, Chelsea have improved results considerably under the interim management of Roberto Di Matteo.

The Italian has restored confidence in the side, who now look forward to a Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona, but before that, there is a mouth-watering FA Cup semi-final fixture against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.

Malouda is sure that there will be plenty of cause for celebration come May, and is looking to end the season in style.

"We have been playing together for a long time and been through bad periods and enjoyed success," he added. "We know if we're not together, we won't make it.

"We have players who won titles. When you have experience you can be strong in the difficult moments and be calm when the pressure is on. The difference between all the teams is very tight and you have to be able to perform and stay calm.

"Obviously we're not going to win the league, but finishing in the top four is very important for the club.

"In the Champions League we have a big chance to win the semi-final and in the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, we have experience of being successful at Wembley recently."

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