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Jose Mourinho is losing the plot and Victor Moses is the latest proof

Milos Markovic in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Oct 2016

Victor Moses enjoying his time under Antonio Conte / Image via

Victor Moses enjoying his time under Antonio Conte / Image via

Jose Mourinho was angry towards his rivalling number Antonio Conte at the weekend claiming the Italian had humiliating him and his team.

The Portuguese tactician should however be focused on shame rather than humiliation as he has none other than himself to blame for the current state of affairs at Manchester United.

The Red Devils lack idea and organisation in their play while the deficiency of clearly shaped system is making Mourinho’s biggest stars look worryingly overpriced as they keep underachieving against direct top four and title contenders.

This story has nothing to do with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United however but rather to his Chelsea reject Victor Moses, who serves as a proof that Portuguese tactician’s lack of patience and belief in talented but not fully acclaimed footballers could be understood as his own lack of managerial skill.

Kevin De Bruyne is perhaps the biggest example of them all, but the curious case of Victor Moses is gaining value thanks to Antonio Conte’s change of approach towards the Nigerian winger.

What went wrong for Moses under Mou?

Victor Moses is a victim of change.

With Rafa Benitez heading towards the exit door, the Nigerian winger struggled to get under the skin of the at the time Chelsea new manager Jose Mourinho, who never really quite gave Moses a chance to prove his worth.

As an attack-oriented wing-back, who is most dangerous with his face turned towards the goal Moses was apparently reprimanded for lack of defensive work-rate, but according to the player himself Mourinho already had a vision and a set of players to fulfil it.

Sadly for the Nigerian, he wasn’t one of them.

“Mourinho never spoke to me. I thought in my head, ‘He’s got his own players already’. I think we chatted a couple of times on the phone – he asked if I was alright at Liverpool, but that was it.”, Moses was quoted explaining his relationship with Mourinho.

Exiled without explanation, Moses was given huge blow to his self-esteem.

Loan spells at Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham were such that he scored the total of five goals between the three clubs, generally failing to make an impression and impose himself as a valuable squad addition.

What all of the managers, including Mourinho in the first place, failed to do is to give Moses a chance to shine in his natural habitat.

Rebirth and Rejuvenation

Some players are not easily shifted between different roles, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t fulfil all of the duties presented ahead of them.

Once he made a change to his tactics and backed the vulnerable Moses with a defence dynamo Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Conte struck the right cord with Victor Moses who was given more freedom to develop his natural play, take on rivalling players and work his way through the field with his quick pace.

His contribution in the back should not be neglected as Victor Moses works hard backing up his defensive line by pulling back to his own half. Moses has added a new dimension to Chelsea’s style of play, one that opposition has not seen for a long time with the Blues.

The 25-year-old Nigeria international has been given possibly his last lifeline under Antonio Conte.

Having grabbed his chance firmly with both hands, the man who never quite realised his potential under Jose Mourinho is thriving under the command of the Italian tactician.

Victor Moses spent the last three seasons shipped out of Stamford Bridge and during that time it appeared that Nigerian winger would go on to have no future with the Blues.

Making a Case for Himself

Having started only one game for Chelsea over the last three years since May 2013, the 25-year-old winger has been reintegrated with Blues, which ultimately proved to be of great effect and impact both for the player himself and the London-based club.

Antonio Conte’s masterstroke proved vital as Moses started last three games for Blues, all of which were wins.

The Nigerian international has been given a vote of confidence from the Italian and has responded with great responsibility, stability and determined alongside the right-hand side touchline making a firm case for himself and establishing himself as one of the most valuable Chelsea players at this point in time.

Chelsea wing-back has taken his chance on with style and gone on to make eight Premier League appearances thus far, adding two goals to his name – against Burnley and Leicester City.

With his club scheduled to travel to London Stadium for the Football League Cup Round of 16 clash at London Stadium, Victor Moses is likely to be given an extended chance to keep his flying form up.

The Blues are looking at the betting odds of 4/5 to snatch a win at Hammers and Victor Moses will surely hope to display another compelling performance and to possibly cap it by adding another goal to his tally.


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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