Antonio Conte admits he has been hugely surprised by the emergence of Victor Moses as a key player for Chelsea after the Blues’ 2-0 victory over Southampton on Sunday.
Eden Hazard and Diego Costa both scored to hand the Stamford Bridge outfit a relatively comfortable Premier League win and the scoreline means they have enjoyed a run of four top flight clean sheets on the bounce.
Conte haas helped Moses’ cause with his change to a 3-4-3 system after the 3-0 defeat to Arsenal last month — and now the Nigeria star is shining in a wing-back role.
When quizzed on the importance of wing-backs in his new system, Conte said: “This role is very important in this system. You must have good stamina and quality to play as wing-backs. I ask my wing-backs to do offensive and defensive work”.
“Moses is a great surprise in this aspect. We know Moses as a winger, but he’s playing in a fantastic way. Also Alonso, it wasn’t easy to go in to the English league and play in this way, and I’m pleased.”
Meanwhile, Moses is happy to work hard for the cause even though he says the role is a new one for him.
He said after the triumph: “I have not played there before. I have just got to listen to what the manager asks me to do in that position, and the way he wants me to do it”.
“Every game we play I just want to keep on improving. The more games you play, the more experience you get in that position. I’m really relishing it at the moment and enjoying it”.
“We want to make sure we don’t get caught sleeping in a game. Every day in training the manager is on top of us to make sure we are solid at the back. It’s looking good for us at the moment, but we have to keep our feet firmly on the floor.”