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Blues will play a tactical game against Italian opponents...

Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has asserted that the performances of striker Didier Drogba and that of his own could prove telling in the Blues' clash with Inter as they look to progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Londoners play Jose Mourinho's charges at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, hoping to overturn a 2-1 result from the first leg at the San Siro.

Drogba and Malouda linked up well during the recent Premier League clash with West Ham, during which both players inked their names on the score sheet.

The Frenchman remains convinced that his team-mate's attitude in the big games will take his side through to the next stage in the European competition.

"Didier and I first played together at Guingamp in 2003," Malouda is quoted by The Daily Express as saying.

"There is a special relationship between me and him.

"I know that when there are games of high intensity and pressure, Didier is at his best. His form is going to be very important for us."

The former Lyon player explained that his side will not be in a mad rush to get an early goal and restore parity in the tie, but will instead manipulate the game through their tactical knowledge in the hope of dumping the Italian champions out of the competition.

"We had some chances in the first game in Milan. Now we need to take those chances and go through," he added.

"We expect a different game from Inter, but it’s about learning from that first match.

"We’ve scored the away goal so we need one to go through, and we must have patience.

"We won’t go and rush at them to score an early goal. We have to be clever in this game and score, I hope, more than one goal."

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