Kalou's goalscoring regret
Salomon Kalou has revealed he feels "regret" after every match he plays for Chelsea after admitting he misses too many scoring opportunities.
Kalou ended a personal drought dating back to November when he netted his 50th for the club in Sunday's FA Cup third-round thrashing of Ipswich. It took Kalou four and a half years and 210 appearances to reach the milestone but he has vowed to improve his ratio.
"I score more difficult goals than the ones I miss,'' said Ivory Coast international Kalou, who has a slightly better rate of eight goals in 24 games this season. "So I can't say it's because I can't do it. I know that's not true because I've scored hard chances. I think that's what it takes to be a top player - to have one chance and to score. That's what I'm working on now.''
Kalou accepts his current rate is not good enough, especially with Chelsea crying out for a consistent goalscorer during their worst slump in the Premier League for almost 15 years.
"To be honest with you, every game I play with Chelsea, I come out of it with regret because I feel like I should have scored another goal,'' he told his club's official magazine, Chelsea. "(My coach growing up) Jean-Marc Guillou always used to say, 'The most difficult thing is not knowing how to score but knowing how to create yourself a chance'.
"I know that I can create chances for myself, I do it every game and now I just have to concentrate on putting more of them in the net. So that's what my focus is now, because every game I create at least one chance for myself. Sometimes, I come out of the games with regret because I feel like if I was taking all the chances I get, I would be top scorer. Look at our home game against Fulham: I could have scored three in that game and that is what I want to concentrate on achieving.''
Kalou may not get a chance to add to his tally against Blackburn this weekend, with manager Carlo Ancelotti having to decide whether to recall Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda. Both were rested on Sunday, with Kalou, Daniel Sturridge and Nicolas Anelka leading the line.
All of them found the net but that may not stop Ancelotti opting for experience in a game that could be watched by billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, according to reports. Any trip to Stamford Bridge would also doubtless entail a meeting with Ancelotti, who has continued to enjoy Abramovich's backing, despite overseeing the worst sequence of results since the Russian bought the club.