Saturday, September 23, 2017
Moses ready for challenge to Chelsea place from Zappacosta

Moses ready for challenge to Chelsea place from Zappacosta


Victor Moses is not worried by the threat to his position posed by the signing of Italian defender Davide Zappacosta from Torino on transfer deadline day.
The 25-year-old can play at wing-back or full-back and has been capped by Italy.
The defender, a £22million buy signed a four-year deal on transfer deadline day last Thursday.
He said: “It’s is a dream for me to join Chelsea and play in the Premier League. I am very excited to be here and start working with the team. I hope I can show my quality to the coach, my team-mates and the supporters.”
Moses, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2012 from Wigan Athletic and has been transformed under the stewardship of Antonio Conte from a fitful winger to accomplished wing-back, and is waiting and prepared for the challenge.
The 26 year old Nigerian said: “I am ready for the competition. We needed more players to be honest.
“We have a lot of games to play this season, you can’t expect to play 60 games or so. I’m ready to take on anyone that is coming here. I just want to play my football.”
Chelsea return to league action on Saturday with a trip to Leicester City before starting their Champions League campaign on Tuesday, at the Bridge against Qarabag from Azerbaijan.
The return to the top European competition is something Moses is relishing. “We are looking forward to it,” he said.
“Chelsea are a massive club. It’s a different test.
“We missed out on the Champions League last season but we are back in it now.
“We have a strong team and will keep doing the best we can in all the competitions.
“I played it the Champions League in my first season at Chelsea in 2012 and I scored a few goals as well, but we ended up in the Europa League.
“It was a good feeling playing in the Champions League and a good experience. I’m excited to be back in it, not just me, all the lads.”
Qarabag will be expected to be dispatched comfortably but it’s the prospect of facing the other two sides in the group – Atletico Madrid and Roma which has Moses licking his lips in anticipation.
“Atletico are a very good side and it’s not the first time we have played them,” he said.
“It’s going to be a very good game against them, Roma as well. Both are good sides, but we have good players that can win those matches collectively and individually.”
Moses will be hoping to retain his position in the side that has recovered well with successive league victories after the opening day 3-2 defeat at home to Burnley. Something not lost on Moses.
“We are happy with the way the season has started, especially after what happened in the first (Premier League) game when we had two players sent off. Apart from that everything else is fine.
In that match, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas were sent off. The Blues went 3-0 down before clawing two goals back and almost gaining a point late on.
“I have never been in a game like that where the team has been down to nine men,” said Moses.
“But we showed great character and we almost nicked a point from that game.
“We are enjoying our football. We then beat Spurs and Everton and that has been massive for us.”
Moses was a £9million signing from Wigan but failed to nail down a place in the side with loans to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham occupying his time.
But the arrival of Conte changed all that.
Moses was converted from winger to wing-back last season and hasn’t looked back, winning the Premier League long the way. But he has had to adapt his game.
“My game has changed and it’s all down to the manager,” he said. “He gave me the confidence to play in the position.
“I’m enjoying my football and I just want to say thanks to him really. It is always good for a player when a manager believes in you.
“It gives you the belief to go out on the pitch and express yourself. I just want to pay him back really and do my best to help the team.
“I definitively feel like I belong. After last season I feel a lot more comfortable now. I’m home, I’m playing for my club now.”
So what’s the reason for the transformation?

“You need a lot of stamina to play in the position,” he confirmed. “One minute you’re a right back, then you’re at right wing. You have to go up and down the pitch.”
Moses has a laid-back, realistic attitude to football.

Victor Moses is sent off against Arsenal in the FA Cup final
Victor Moses is sent off against Arsenal in the FA Cup final

“I don’t need to worry about anything in football,” he said. “I have got two young kids!”
That attitude is what has helped him recover from being sent-off in May’s FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley.

Typically, Moses said: “That’s football. We won the League and then played the FA Cup Final. Getting sent off? Things like that happen.
“You just have to get away from it for a while. I have moved on from that now and am concentrating on this season. What happened last season is in the past. I forget about the past and have moved on to the future.
“I have definitely learned from it. In football you have to learn from everything. But everyone makes mistakes. I’m not the only one that has made a mistake.”

Paul Lagan is a highly experienced journalist with more than 30 years experience in regional print and digital journalism. Paul has worked as a sports reporter, sub-editor, chief sub-editor and production editor at Newsquest South London, overseeing the implementation of their suite of award-winning websites. As well as a specialist sports reporter covering Chelsea FC for the London Weekly News group of newspapers, Paul is also a sub-editor at the South London Press.


Moses ready for challenge to Chelsea place from Zappacosta