No last-day gasps as Blues look to lift title at home
Chelsea would be faced with a disaster if they fail to clinch the English Premier League title on Sunday, according to their French midfielder Florent Malouda.sports Updated: May 08, 2010 22:10 IST
Chelsea would be faced with a disaster if they fail to clinch the English Premier League title on Sunday, according to their French midfielder Florent Malouda.
The Londoners will ensure top honours if they defeat Wigan at home in the final game, but holders Manchester United are still in the hunt with a home game against Stoke.
29-year-old Malouda says it would be the biggest disappointment of his career if Chelsea slip up at the finish line.
But he is confident Carlo Ancelotti's side will prevail.
“Nobody here even thinks about anything other than a victory. To fail would be a disaster,” he said in the Daily Mirror.
“For me, it would be the worst blow in my career, but with our fans at Stamford Bridge behind us we believe that's impossible.
Wigan’s coach faces goalkeeper dilemma
Roberto Martínez is yet to decide which of Wigan’s reserve goalkeepers — erratic Vladimir Stojkovic or 38-year-old Mike Pollitt — will stand between Chelsea and the title.
Stojkovic is favourite to replace the injured Chris Kirkland, despite his unconvincing display last weekend. He was culpable for Hull's first goal and was cheered by Wigan supporters whenever he caught a cross.
Martínez said: “I've not made up my mind yet. There has been a lot of talk about the position this week. Vlad has a completely different style. It is not a style we are used to in the Premier League but he is Serbia's No1 goalkeeper, he will be playing in the World Cup this summer and he sets himself high standards.”
Wigan have beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool at home and the coach believes they have lifted a psychological barrier.
“Everyone expects Wigan to lose but we are not taking it lightly,” he said. “If you are not 100 per cent, then you will be heavily punished and we want to make our fans proud.”
First Published: May 08, 2010 22:08 IST