There are some class acts in football, as in any other form of work, and it looks like Chelsea’s Florent Malouda is one of those – as Peter Lovenkrands testifies to this morning.
Florent Malouda – Chelsea man phoned Peter after game
Peter had a bit of a scare during the game with Chelsea last Saturday, and received treatment for quite a while before being rushed to hospital assisted by oxygen for his breathing.
But he has told the Newcastle Journal today that his recovery was helped by the concern of the Chelsea player he clashed with – Frenchman Florent Malouda.
“Florent Malouda rang me and texted me earlier this week which I thought showed what a great professional he is to get my number and make that call,”
“But it had nothing to do with him and I told him that – it was not his fault. I actually had an infection which had affected me earlier in the game – I just didn’t feel right.”
“I couldn’t breathe properly, I couldn’t run properly and I was feeling really bad. I thought I would improve as the game went on but the hit affected me really badly.”
“I’m feeling a lot better – my body is a lot better and my breathing is okay again. But I am still feeling battered and bruised and I don’t want to put myself back in things until I feel right,”
“I want to get back as soon as possible but an injury like this puts your life in perspective a little bit. Of course I want to be part of it (the run-in). I want to be in all the games from now until the end of the season.”
“I will take my days to come back. I want to come back and be 100% and do myself justice when I come back.”
The injury will keep Peter out of the side for a few games and on he sidelines in what is turning out to be massive 6 pointer against Stoke City on Saturday. It’s a game Newcastle really have to win if they are to close the gap on the 4th botton team, and get back in the struggle to safety.
But it seems Lovenkrands is confident his team-mates will prosper at the Britannia Stadium, as he continued:
“We need to get something from the game and I think we will be able to do that,” “We’ve got a good chance going there.”
“We’ve played well against teams near the top of the table – now we have to transform that form into games against teams around us.”
In fact the way Chelsea took apart the Liverpool defense last night in the European Champions League Quarter Final – they won 3-1 at Liverpool – gives some perspective to Saturday’s game, where the lads did really well until the mistake for the first goal, after 56 minutes, against a top side in their best form right now under wonder coach Guus Hiddink.
Look for Romam Abramovich to offer the Dutchman almost anything he wants, to manage the Chelsea club long term after the season ends.
And we’re sure Alan Shearer will be telling the lads today, that Chelsea took apart Liverpool last night in the second half, and it reflects well on them last Saturday, that they held such a good side for so long. as he prepares them for the trip top the Britannia Stadium.
It’s going to be another difficult game to watch on Saturday, but hopefully we will start to see some improvement in the way the lads are organized and how they play – as the Shearer Dowie coaching takes effect.
We have to be hoping for 3 points so we can celebrate at last, since it’s now 9 weeks since we beat WBA 3-2 at the Hathorns – our last win, and the one before that was against Spurs at home on December 21st. 🙁