Domenech started Malouda on the bench for France's 0-0 draw with Uruguay.
Malouda was asked whether he had confidence in Domenech, who polarises opinion as surely as night follows day.
"Me, I am confident in myself," he replied. "I cannot comment and cannot speak about the manager. You can ask him all the questions. All I know is that I am fully confident I can bring something to the team.
"Yes, I was surprised [to be dropped] but that was the manager's decision. I have been used to that in the last two years. Obviously, it is a World Cup so I wanted to prove my quality. Fifteen minutes? I don't know I tried to show good things and to keep my positive attitude. It's difficult to accept but I have to do it."