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Malouda: We want to conquer Europe
Published : 26 Aug 2010 17:16:00
Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda maintains the Premier League champions have their sights firmly set on conquering Europe this season. Carlo Ancelotti's men have opened the defence of their English crown with successive 6-0 victories, over West Brom and at Wigan. Next up are Stoke at Stamford Bridge - who were hammered 7-0 there in April as the Blues stormed towards the title. While the Blues may have gone on to complete the first domestic Double in the club's history, Malouda knows success in Europe remains a burning ambition for the Chelsea squad and owner Roman Abramovich alike, having lost the 2008 final to Manchester United in Moscow. "I am 30 now and I know a career is short. I really want to enjoy my career more," Malouda told Chelsea TV. "There is no better side than Chelsea in Europe and right now the aim is to win the Champions League. "It was a wonderful experience to win the Premier League last season and I want to keep it. When you're at a club like this, you have to win." Malouda, who joined from Lyon for £13.5million in 2007, has already chalked up three goals this season and intends to maintain his good form. The French winger declared: "I want it every year, to be on top and there is no second place. I always want to be first." Summer signing Yossi Benayoun came off the bench to score his first Chelsea goal in the rout at the DW Stadium and will be in contention along with Brazilian midfielder Ramires, yet to make his debut following his £17million arrival from Benfica.