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Chelsea attacker Kalou admits poor World Cup form

Chelsea ace Salomon Kalou admits he failed to live up to expectations for Ivory Coast at the World Cup.

Kalou has yet to scale the heights he reached in the Premier League with his Chelsea and Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba.

The Ivorians were tipped to make a big noise in South Africa but need a miracle to get out of Group G.

They have one point going into today's clash with rock-bottom North Korea.

Chelsea forward Kalou, 24, said: "Expectations were huge and we owed it to ourselves to perform well. But the pressure has caused us more stress than anything and even inhibited our talents.

"All of us have put lots of pressure on ourselves because this World Cup is being played on our continent.

"There have been a few players who haven't been up to the standard required. Their abilities have been crushed by the pressure they've put on their own shoulders."

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