Moses: A great year

Victor Moses made it to 100 on Boxing Day.

That is 100 games played for Chelsea and to mark becoming the club’s latest centurion, the 27-year-old reflects on a successful 2017 by speaking to the official Chelsea website. He also celebrated his 100th appearance with a win – a 2-0 home victory over Brighton – and by posting about it on social media. It is a milestone that did not go unnoticed. 

‘It really means a lot,’ Moses confirms. ‘It is a lot of games and it is good for me to make 100 appearances for a great club like Chelsea. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am happy to be here and I am enjoying my football, so I am very delighted with everything.

‘The appearances have come quickly since the start of last season. The most important thing is I am enjoying the football, I have a great manager here who is helping every single one of us to improve and we have had a great year this year. We will do our best to finish as high as we can this season.’

When asked to select highlights from his 100 games so far and from the year 2017, Moses does not want to look beyond the most significant honour of his career so far.

‘Winning the league is the most important one,’ he says. ‘It is not easy to win the Premier League and doing that this year is a massive achievement for me, for the lads, for every single one of us at the club and I was very delighted.’

However that was last season and we are now midway through a fresh campaign with one more game to come in this calendar year – against Stoke City at Stamford Bridge – the same fixture as Moses’s home debut back in September 2012 and the second of his 100 appearances. That season was prior to three he spent away on loan, including one at Stoke.

‘It was quite a long time ago but then again it seems like yesterday,’ the Nigerian says of that first game at Stamford Bridge. He came on after an hour with Ashley Cole scoring the only goal late on.

‘Now we have Stoke again this weekend and we are looking forward to it. We are looking good in training but it is not going to be an easy game even with the position Stoke are in at the moment. But we play at home and we have the quality players who can win games.

‘When I see my old loan teams playing I always want to watch them on TV and see if they do well. I wish them the best but then again I am a Chelsea player and I want to be the best I can to help the club. I am back here now, this is my home, this is my club and I am just concentrating on that.’

Moses confirms he is fully over the hamstring injury that kept him out for six week in the autumn and now he has his eye on closing the gap on Marcos Alonso in what you suspect is a friendly rivalry between the wing-backs for number of goals contributed to the team effort.

‘Marcos is banging them in, I missed a few games but that is not an excuse and we have still got a lot of games to go this season, and I will try to hopefully catch Marcos up,’ he laughs.

‘I will try to do my best and we will see what happens but I am delighted for Marcos, he is doing very well and scoring goals and helping the team as well.’

And with just a few hours left in 2017, does Moses have any New Year’s resolutions he can share with us?

‘To keep pushing,’ he decides.

‘We are doing the best that we can and we are not going to give up the Premier League easily, we are still in the race. We are still in the Champions League, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup so we will do the best that we can to try to win something.’