Seb Coe Fri 3 Mar 2017
Things are pretty good still, aren’t they?
We are looking solid and have a 10-point gap at the top of the Premier League after coming through a tough little run of fixtures.
Victor Moses’ new contract is excellent news. I think he has been a revelation. It’s fantastic to see us getting the best of him. Antonio Conte has seen something in him straight away, and he’s done very well as an overlapping full-back.
For me, Victor is in the best traditions of a Chelsea player – he is absolutely committed, gives everything each game and has a real passion. He would be up there when discussing potential Player of the Year nominees.
I would also include Eden Hazard in discussions, if only for the goal against Arsenal. That was Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, just sensational. He rode about five tackles, two or three from the same player, and still had the composure to finish it.
My vote though, at this stage, would go to N’Golo Kante. Feel free to disagree but he was the reason Leicester won the Premier League last year, and he has been a huge part of our form this season. If you look across the comings and goings last summer, I think he’s the best buy of any team. He reads the game so well, is there when it matters and breaks up play, but feeds his team-mates well when he has to.
On a personal level, I have been travelling quite a bit of late so the Chelsea matches I have seen have been from a combination of Australia, Puerto Rico, the south of France and the United States.
Watching on the road is something I’ve always had to do, I’ve got a real feel for it now and the first thing I ask when I travel is where I’m likely to find the Chelsea game.
I tend to be a one-man band when watching matches but there are a couple of IAAF colleagues who are big fans, and, if they are travelling, will come and watch with me.
In Australia, I attended the new Nitro athletics format, which featured Usain Bolt in Melbourne. It was very exciting and there was a great buzz with some really high-quality athletics. We had a full house for each of the three events, and it gives us some clues as to what young audiences want to see – much like Twenty20 cricket and Rugby Sevens. We hope it will increase the interest in the wider sport.
I’m now back home though and next for me is the West Ham game at the Olympic Stadium on Monday. I’ve not been to a game there yet.
Athletics will be back there in the summer for the World Championships, which is a good use of the legacy we wanted after London 2012. It’s good that the stadium has an anchor tenant in the Premier League, but also with the capacity to host a World Championships.
Monday will be a tough match, West Ham tend to raise their game against us. I was at Upton Park last season when they deserved to beat us, and there is a lot of local pride in the fixture. Let’s hope though we can take another important three points as we edge ever closer to silverware…