Losing Ray Wilkins a bit strange - Florent Malouda
Malouda has scored seven times in the Premier League this season
Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has admitted the loss of former assistant boss Ray Wilkins was "a bit strange".
The west London club are winless since Wilkins's dismissal in November and have taken just six points from their last seven Premier League games.
Malouda told BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a bit strange to see him leave like this and we were not prepared for that.
"Ray was close to the players and in training he was involved in the animation of the sessions."
Chelsea looked more like their old selves on Sunday when they recovered from falling 1-0 behind to a strong Tottenham side to earn a point at White Hart Lane - and would have won the match if Didier Drogba had not failed to convert a late penalty.
The draw, combined with Manchester City's win at bottom-of-the-table West Ham, pushed Chelsea into fourth place.
French international Malouda said it was important to look forward and not dwell on recent struggles.
"What we need and what the fan needs is not the excuses to say 'that's the reason why'.
"What we need is good performance to turn things around and say 'that happened, maybe that was a poor run,' but afterwards we have to react and carry on because that's what happens in life and in sport."
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