Victor Moses credits Cesar Azpilicueta for his prize nomination

Victor Moses credits Cesar Azpilicueta for his prize nomination
Chelsea's Victor Moses (L) in action against Arsenal's Danny Welbeck (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 14, 2017. 10:30

Nigerian star Victor Moses has credited Chelsea teammate Cesar Azpilicueta for his African Player of the Year nomination.

The Super Eagles flyer was converted into a wingback by Blues coach Antonio Conte last season, and he has revealed that Azpilicueta played a major role in helping him adapt to the new position.

"I'd say Azpilicueta [has influenced me most]," Moses told Goal. "He played a huge part in my defensive development last season.

"He is always behind me, always constantly talking to me to make sure I am in the right position. When is the time to go and when's the time to stay.

"The more games I was playing, [the more] we were getting used to the formation and position I was playing, which worked out well for me and he helped a lot. He understands me. We established a partnership which was very good."

He added: "To me, I would say that Cesar is underrated. As a defender he has got everything. He's quick, he's got that desire, passion for the game. He just wants to play football.

"Azpilicueta is never tired. He can run all night in every minute. He wants to play every game. I think he could play on a Saturday and then again on a Monday. He's got a great ability.

"It is great for us that we have him. He's someone that loves the game. He is always talking to every player before games. He wakes everyone up and says we have got to go out there and win this game.

"The position I am playing at right wing-back, I know I can score goals there. Wherever the manager plays me, I will play. I am not a player who tells him where I want to play and where I don't want to play. I just want to enjoy my football. It is just a matter of time and the goals will come.

"I am now used to this system after playing there last year. I hope to score more goals this season and help my team-mates. As a player, every season you want to do better than you did last season.

"I want to be better this season than last season. I am aiming for more goals and assists."

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