The Papers: 15 May 2010

What the back pages are saying ahead of today's FA Cup Final.

• Malouda: I'm playing the best football of my life - The Independent

Salomon Kalou's verdict on his Chelsea team-mate Florent Malouda is short and to the point. "He is the best Chelsea player this season – by far," the Ivorian said this week.

It is a view shared by many within the Chelsea dressing room, who voted Malouda their player of the year after a season in which the Frenchman has blossomed into one of the genuine stars of a very talented team.

• The Double would surpass José Mourinho's feats, says Didier Drogba - The Guardian

Drogba has often appeared uncomfortable at Stamford Bridge, notably in the immediate aftermath of Mourinho's departure, when the Portuguese's relationship with the club's owner, Roman Abramovich, deteriorated to the point that the Russian decided to let the manager go. But the Ivorian now says he wants to stay at Chelsea for the rest of his career.

• Chelsea Princes v Portsmouth paupers: Can miracle man Avram Grant humble cup King Ancelotti? - Daily Mail

Carlo Ancelotti must have thought he had died and gone to heaven as he savoured the view from his office across the terrace where he had invited Chelsea's training-ground staff to enjoy their end-of-season barbecue.

Cups and chops together at last, the perfect combination for a football manager who called his autobiography Preferisco La Coppa.

• Portsmouth: FA Cup winners to crisis club, the story of their demise - The Guardian

"I first became interested in Portsmouth after meeting Peter Storrie in Dubai in November 2008. In May, after the 2009 Champions League final, I signed a memo of understanding with Peter Storrie in Rome. I hadn't done any homework, I didn't ask for any financial numbers, no information at all. I just Googled the club"

• FA Cup final: How Chelsea and Portsmouth's players shape up ahead of Wembley - The Telegraph

CARLO ANCELOTTI
Calm and unruffled in a debut season that could turn into Chelsea’s most successful ever. A man who clearly commands the dressing room’s respect.
Rating: 9

• Why is a Portsmouth win in the FA Cup final so appealing? - The Guardian

Perhaps the only really lovable thing about Portsmouth is Avram Grant, often criticised at Chelsea for his glum, sardonic, mooching demeanour, even at times when his glum, sardonic, mooching demeanour was by far the best thing about Chelsea. In adversity he has developed a lovely, shrugging excitability, a conviction that something or other means something and that's the real, you know, point here.

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