Malouda admits Chelsea faltering

Florent Malouda fears Chelsea's campaign is stalling.

Before last night's Jose Mourinho bombshell, Malouda declared: "We ought to have beaten Rosenborg.

"We conceded a goal and had to chase the game. We were not efficient enough in front of goal. For the French players in the team it was just like when we played Scotland last week.

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"We can't manage to convert our chances. We have plenty of possession, but we are not effective both defensively and in attack.

"We are not picking up points and we are stagnating. A team of our calibre should manage to take the lead earlier in the game. It is a shame, and we need to string some results together quickly.

"But self-doubts can soon settle in if we let them do so.

"We need to make things happen in order for us to be successful once more.

"We have to tighten up at the back and stop conceding so many goals, as this is something that has been hurting us a lot since the start of the season.

"And the attacking players, myself included, need to develop more of a killer instinct."

Mourinho's men face champions Manchester United in a crunch Premier League clash at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And Malouda admitted: "We cannot afford to make any mistakes.

"But we are ready for this type of game. We need the points, so we will go in search of results - it is something we are capable of doing.

"We want to string together some results - and not continue giving this impression of impotence."

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