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Moses: Getting at them

Quick out the blocks is an expression which could be used to describe Victor Moses’s pre-season so far.

The 25-year-old’s performances in the first two games of pre-season caught many an eye, and his durability was clear as he played 80 minutes of one of the games in Austria and all but the last few moments of the second.

Now he is in America and after a day containing two hard training sessions with a third game drawing close, he spoke to the official Chelsea website about his and the squad’s pre-season so far which has spanned two continents.

‘The work has not really changed from Austria,’ Moses says. ‘We just need to work hard to make sure we are a lot fitter come the start of the season. Everyone is looking sharp, everyone wants to do the work and we are excited; we have got a new manager and we all just want to work as hard as we can.

‘I came back to start my pre-season early with the group of players who had been on loan last season, which helped as well, but to be honest, I just want to enjoy my football. I want the fans to be able to recognise I am doing something good for the club but at the same time I want to work hard for the team and make sure we win games.

‘We have played two games so far so we still need to get our fitness up and we have a game coming up against Liverpool which is going to be good for us.’

Prior to the season he has just spent on loan at West Ham and the previous one at Stoke, Moses was at Anfield for a year and several of his team-mates from then remain at the club we face on Wednesday evening local time.

However it is Moses’s Wigan days prior to his move to Chelsea that his role this pre-season has been reminiscent of. He has played much like a true winger, staying close to the left touchline and feeding passes infield rather than cutting in with the ball himself.

‘That is my position really, staying out wide and most of the time going into one v one situations which I am good at. It is similar to the kind of game I was playing at Wigan and I have really enjoyed the two games. As a winger, you want to get at defenders and make it hard for them. Instead of them going forwards, they have to defend against you.’

Unlike his fellow Africa Cup of Nations winner John Mikel Obi, Moses is not one Nigeria’s over-age players selected for their Olympics squad, giving him an unbroken period of preparation for the domestic campaign ahead.

‘I am lucky doing my pre-season here,’ he says. ‘With a new manager I want to show my talent and that I am willing to play for the team, but at the same time I wish Nigeria the best and I hope they make the nation proud.’


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