Malouda told The Sun: "Chelsea isn't like Lyon or Arsenal - they don't send planes to pick up their players after international games. When we played Lithuania in Nantes on October 17, the Arsenal plane was full so I took a taxi to Paris - a four-hour drive.
"We got to the airport at 4.30am, took the first plane to London, slept for three hours then went to training.
"I couldn't miss training if I wanted to play for Chelsea that weekend. The club doesn't help you a lot - unless, I guess, if you are a star.
"I am sure when Andriy Shevchenko arrived here, everything was ready for him."