Moses: Chelsea Remains Special To Me, But Sarri Made Me Leave

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Victor Moses had two very good seasons playing as a right wing-back under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, and the Nigeria international was pivotal to Chelsea winning the league in Conte’s first season.

Despite Moses’ success under Conte, he was quickly axed by Maurizio Sarri who reverted from a 3-4-3 system to a 4-3-3. Subsequently, Moses was no longer needed in the Chelsea squad and he was eventually loaned off to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

Moses has had a good time away in Turkey, but he has now revealed that Chelsea still have a good place in his heart but had to leave because he wasn’t in the manager’s plans.

“It’s tough, as Chelsea’s a very special place for me and I’ve always had a great relationship with the fans but it became very obvious that I was not in the manager’s plans,” Moses told The Guardian.

“I have achieved great things there but I just needed to play football and that’s why I got the move to Fenerbahce.”

Moses have helped improve Fenerbahce as the Turkish giants had won only three of their first 18 league matches to leave them above the relegation zone on goal difference alone. But the Turkish giants have now moved higher into the top half of the table.

“When I came here, everyone was a little bit shocked by the position they were in and that was the main reason why I came, as a big club like Fenerbahce should not be in a position like that,” Moses said.

Moses also revealed that the passion and atmosphere in the Turkish league is very different from what he’s used to in England.

“In the stadium the atmosphere is a lot different [to England],” he continued. “It’s unlike anything I have ever experienced in football, every game is a must-win game and they are so passionate as they just want us to win and make everybody happy. It’s not just football, it’s a way of life here.

“It’s a massive experience, playing against Galatasaray and Besiktas, you can feel the atmosphere, it feels like the stadium is going to fall down due to the fans singing and bouncing. The atmosphere is amazing, you can easily tell the passion they’ve got for football here is crazy. They just love football and want the team to win, that’s why they support the team.”

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Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.