With 2013 just over two months old, Victor Moses has already sampled the taste of success this year on the international stage, and speaking ahead of our trip to face Manchester United in the FA Cup, he is eager to replicate his achievements with Nigeria for the Blues.
Back in January, the Chelsea winger – along with club team-mates John Mikel Obi and Kenneth Omeruo – was part of the Nigeria squad which lifted the Africa Cup of Nations trophy for the first time in 19 years.
It was a remarkable achievement, both on a personal and collective level, as Moses scored crucial goals during the competition and won the Fair Player of the Tournament award, but having been back in the fold for Chelsea since the middle of last month, his attention is now firmly focused on ensuring we end the season strongly, starting with the game against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.
‘We’re feeling confident,’ Moses tells the official Chelsea website. ‘We just need to focus on each game as it comes from now until the end of the season. The game against United isn’t going to be easy because they are a top side, but we’ll be doing our best to go up there and win it.
‘Winning the Africa Cup of Nations was a massive thing, both for the country and me personally, so I just want to carry on enjoying my football and hopefully winning trophies.’
Moses has enjoyed a promising first season at the club having moved to Stamford Bridge from Wigan Athletic last August.
He has clearly benefited from playing alongside such talented footballers on a daily basis, and while the emphasis on him, as a wide player, is to create opportunities for the strikers, his goal at Middlesbrough in the last round was his sixth in a blue shirt.
His last-minute header in the 3-2 Champions League win against Shakhtar Donetsk is probably the one that stands out in terms of significance, but the strikes in cup games against Southampton and Leeds United will struggle to be beaten for quality, and hitting the back of the net is a part of his game which he is keen to develop, as he explains.
‘In my position it’s important to create chances but, of course, if the opportunity comes along, it’s important for me to chip in with a few goals as well,’ he says. ‘It’s important to have as many players in the team as possible scoring.
‘There are still a lot of games to go, I just want to keep on improving in every game I play, and score a few more goals if I can as well. I think I’m capable of scoring more, but my main priority is working hard for the team.’
When Moses made the switch from the DW Stadium, he did so in order to improve as a player and win trophies.
His success at the Africa Cup of Nations has provided Moses with a taster, and now he is hungry for more with Chelsea.
‘I’m at a club which won the Champions League last season and which has won a lot of trophies in the past,’ he says.
‘It’s a great club and if I can win something this season it would mean a lot to me, as well as helping my development for the years ahead.’