Castrol Performance data shows that Florent Malouda™s evolution into a potent attacking force will negate the impact of Didier Drogba™s suspension for Chelsea™s game with Marseille.
As the table below shows, Malouda has begun the 2010-11 season in blistering form, scoring six goals in six games and converting a third of his shots, up from about one in four in 2009-10 and one in 10 shots in the previous two campaigns.
It shows a continuation of the progress he made last season after a disappointing first couple of years at Stamford Bridge, and the former Lyon attacker is now undoubtedly one of Carlo Ancelotti™s mainstays.
Malouda, who has changed his football boots at a prolific rate this season, has only scored two goals in the Champions League for the Blues, however, so he now needs to replicate his Premier League dominance on the European stage, starting with Marseille at Stamford Bridge.
Contrastingly, Castrol Performance data shows that on the opening day of the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League, Marseille completed more crosses than any other side, a fact Chelsea will need to look out for having conceded 67% of goals from crosses this season.
Chelsea have conceded only six goals in league and cup competition this season but four of those have come from wide balls whipped into the box. Marseille will look to exploit this weakness on Tuesday night.
Left full-back Taye Taiwo, who wears the Nike T90 Laser Elite football boots, was the most prolific in that department against Spartak Moscow, completing five of his seven crosses. Balls whipped in from wide areas contributed to Marseille racking up the most headed shots (six, three of which came from Brazilian striker Brandao).
Marseille have only lost one of their last five trips to England in European competition and any point at Stamford Bridge will be the perfect remedy after a disappointing start.
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