The Observer, Paul Doyle: “Florent Malouda scrambled a second-half winner. Yossi Benayoun and Alex came off the bench after lengthy absences through injury. And that was about it for Chelsea positives during another laboured performance by Carlo Ancelotti’s team.”
Sunday Telegraph: “A Chelsea player ended a two-and-a-half month goal drought today but it was not Fernando Torres as Florent Malouda sealed an ugly 1-0 win over Wigan Athletic. Malouda drove home through a crowd of players with 23 minutes remaining to ensure the stuttering Premier League champions moved back into third place, two points clear of Manchester City.”
Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle, Dan Levene: “Chelsea edged a lazy day in the sunshine, but it will be Fernando Torres’ 30-minute cameo that will give them most heart. In a game that seemed at times like a pre-season friendly, the Spanish substitute put in his best performance so far for the Blues – without actually scoring the long-awaited goal.”
Official Chelsea FC Website: “A second-half Florent Malouda goal was enough to send bottom-paced Wigan away empty handed from a game Chelsea commanded without keeping a sun-baked crowd on the edge its seats… The goal, the France international’s first since January, will, like the game, not linger long in the memory but it always looked likely to arrive on an afternoon when the Blues created chances with regularity.”
“It is positive to win. It was not an easy game to play between the quarter-final because in this moment we have focused on the next game so the first-half was not so good.
“The second-half was really better, we showed more spirit, more fight and in the end we won. It was not a good performance but it was enough. For this reason it was not easy.
“Overall it was good. We took three points and we don’t have any new injuries. Alex and Benayoun showed good physical condition. I have all the squad available for the next game; this is good news for us.”