MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 28: Matthew Lobbe of the Blues is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Essendon Bombers at Ikon Park on February 28, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Former Carlton coach Mick Malthouse believes the Blues have what it takes to win double-digit games in 2019.

Malthouse told the Herald Sun Carlton have the talent to bounce back from a terrible year in 2018, and believes his former side can equal Hawthorn – who finished fourth last season – in the wins column this campaign.

“I reckon they could win as many (games) as Hawthorn,” Malthouse told the Herald Sun.

“That’s going to be around 10 (wins). It was a disaster year last year.

“Patrick Cripps is an outstanding player, put Sam Walsh in there, Matthew Kreuzer when he gets back on his feet, their forward line is more potent, their backline is steady.

“They’ve got pace. With these silly new rules we have, you can’t afford to be a slow side.

“I think Carlton has got pace in abundance.”

The Blues have only won eight games over the past two seasons combined, and haven’t won 10 games in a season since 2013, which was the last year they played finals football.