Moses: Enjoyment and endeavour
news Sun 27 Aug 2017
Victor Moses has plenty to look forward to in the immediate future, but for him it is also a timely moment to look back.
Last week was the fifth anniversary of his signing for Chelsea and although plenty has happened for the 26-year-old since then, with three loans at Premier League clubs nurturing him to the point where he returned to establish himself at Stamford Bridge and win the title last season, it still feels that time flies.
‘It does feel like yesterday to be honest,’ he confirms as he thinks back to that 2012 transfer from Wigan Athletic.
‘I am glad to still be here and I am enjoying every single bit of my football at the moment. I just want to keep on going. The most important thing is helping my team-mates when we are on the pitch and make sure we win as many games as we can. This season is going to be a very difficult season but we have to do the best to make sure everyone is happy, the fans, the club, everyone.’
The first chance for the next win comes today against Everton and having returned from suspension in the successful visit to Spurs at Wembley a week ago, this afternoon’s match is Moses’s first in front of the home fans this season.
‘It is always nice to start the home season, the first game at Stamford Bridge for me, and it will be nice to get three points. Everton are a very good side, they went to Man City and got a draw there, but we know the kind of players we have here at Chelsea, collectively and individually. We have been working very hard in training to make sure we can do the best we can today.
‘Everton brought in lots of new players but the most important thing is to concentrate on ourselves at the moment.’
It remains to be seen whether the Chelsea formation will return to the 3-4-3 of last season having been altered against Spurs to two in attack with an extra man in midfield. Moses says that required him and Marcos Alonso to push up a little bit more than usual and it demonstrated this group of players is able to win difficult games with different shapes. That can only be beneficial for confidence.
‘It is good because we have a good manager who knows how to treat the players and how to grind out a result. Last week we did exactly that and we came out victorious but the most important thing now is to keep working together as a team because the season has just started. We are working hard together as a team to make sure we understand each other and we have the likes of Bakayoko, Rudiger and Morata in, so they are still getting used to the system we are playing and they are very good players. We are working very hard to make sure we understand each other.
‘The new players all fit in well,’ he adds. ‘We are trying to make them feel at home and they are happy to be here. We are trying to make sure they enjoy their football.’
As well as having his first game of the season to look forward to, for Moses there is the prospect of Champions League football next month to whet the appetite. The group stage draw which took place on Thursday placed that in everyone’s minds. The Nigerian took part in the tournament during his first Chelsea season and indeed scored in it, but he has had a break from it since and is relishing taking on Atletico Madrid, Roma and Qarabag.
‘It is good for a great club like us to be playing Champions League again. We missed it last season, it was disappointing we were not in it. Now we are back in it and that is where we should be. We will do the best we can to make the fans happy and we will take each group stage game as it comes.’
But before then there is important Premier League business to deal with.
‘We did not start the season the way everyone expected,’ says Moses, ‘but last week we were back like ourselves and we just want to stick together as a team and keep working hard in training, bring that to the game and try to win.’