Our Capital One Cup campaign gets underway with the visit of Wolverhampton Wanderers to west London tonight, and Victor Moses, our most recent addition to the squad, believes success in the competition can help lay the foundations for the remainder of the campaign.
Having signed for the Blues from Wigan Athletic shortly before the closure of the summer transfer window, Moses is in line to make his first start for the club against Stale Solbakken’s men, and deservedly so.
Two impressive substitute appearances – against Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City – have given Chelsea supporters a taste of what they can expect from the 21-year-old attacker, who provides pace and an inventive streak in wide areas, and the youngster is pleased at the manner in which his career at the club has begun.
‘Everything is going well at the moment,’ Moses tells the official Chelsea website. ‘I’m enjoying life at the club. It’s exciting for me to be back in London and playing for a massive club such as Chelsea, particularly as I’m a London boy, I’m just delighted to be here.
‘It’s a quality feeling to be playing alongside some of the most talented players in world football at the moment, and that’s what you need around you. The more you play with these type of players, the more you improve and the more experience you gain.’
Tonight’s opponents, now playing in the Championship having been relegated from the top-flight last May, head into the game in a rich vein of form and fresh off the back of a 2-0 weekend win at Peterborough, their third straight win.
Moses played for former club Wigan in a five-goal thriller against Wolves on the final day of last season, and he is expecting another tough encounter tonight.
‘I remember the game, we won 3-2 at the DW Stadium,’ he says. ‘We went into a 3-0 lead but then Wolves came back and scored twice, but luckily we managed to hold on for an important win.
‘They are a good side, it’s not going to be an easy game, but we’ve started the season well. It’s important we keep doing what we’ve been doing, approach the game in the right way and get the win.’
In recent years, this cup has become a tournament where youngsters and fringe players are often given an opportunity to force their way into the manager’s reckoning.
Our opening game in last season’s competition – a penalty shoot-out win against Fulham – saw the likes of Ross Turnbull, Ryan Bertrand, Josh McEachran and Romelu Lukaku all feature, but although Moses is grateful for the chances he was afforded as a young player, he insists it’s a trophy which should be taken seriously.
‘When I was at Crystal Palace and Wigan I played in most of the League Cup games, it’s a good experience for younger players to play in competitive matches,’ Moses explains.
‘It’s a big opportunity as a young player to show the manager that you’re good enough to hold down a regular place in the side.
‘It’s an important trophy to win. Winning trophies can help give you the mentality to push on and do well in other competitions such as the Premier League and Champions League, so we just need to keep on winning games.
‘It’s a few years since Chelsea have won the competition, so it would be great for the club and the players if we could win it and get it in the trophy cabinet.’