Chelsea fans were highly disappointed last weekend as they unexpectedly lost at home to Crystal Palace 2 goals to 1. It was shocking, to say the least.
Before the Crystal Palace match, Chelsea had played 28 games, won 22, drew 3, lost 3 and scored 59 goals. This simply reveals that Chelsea has been spectacular and outstanding this season and that is why they have 69 points.
In all these, one man has been key to these victories, draws and losses. He is Victor Moses.
Victor Moses has been a sensation since the beginning of the season. A Moses who was in the wilderness when Jose Mourinho was the coach of Chelsea has now emerged from that wilderness to become a phenomenal and key player for his team.
So, it wasn’t a surprise when Antonio Conte and Chelsea fans admitted that they missed Victor Moses who is currently out injured.
“Victor Moses is an important player because he’s having a great season but Pedro played very well in that wingback position. As wingers, they are very offensive and that showed we wanted to play our football. Pedro had a very good game.”
In other words, can we say that Chelsea cannot win without Victor Moses? His absence was really felt by the Stanford Bridge side as they struggled against Palace.
Let us look at the statistics of Moses for the 2016/2017 season. The statistics show he has bagged 27 appearances, 3 goals, 22 wins, 2 losses, 2 assists, 789 passes, 88% tackles success, 132 recoveries, 128 duels won, 125 duels lost and 28% shooting accuracy. This is a very good performance for a midfielder who was made redundant by Mourinho.
Regardless of Moses’ flowery stats, some experts and fans still doubt the importance of Moses to his team. Perhaps, we have to wait until tomorrow for Chelsea V. Manchester City.
What is definite is that Conte will be rueing the loss of Victor Moses. And if a player is not important to his team, his coach won’t be distressed.
Written By Damilola Faustino