Mourinho praises hard-working Moses as new season is about to kick off

The Nigerian international was thought to be surplus to requirements but is gradually worming himself into the coach’s plan

As Victor Moses came on for Chelsea in the second half against AC Milan on Sunday, he knew he would have to do much more to convince Jose Mourinho of his abilities and he went about it the right way.

"Where can I fit all the players in? I hope to play 60 matches,'' Mourinho told the Daily Star.

Moses came on in the second half while against Inter, he started from the beginning. "So we will use a rotation of players that's for sure."

Moses chose to stay away from the Confederations Cup to make sure he was in a healthy state by the time the pre-season would start and he has been electric for the Uefa Europa League champions.

Against Inter Milan, he was the tormentor-in-chief where he assisted the two goals and against AC Milan, he provided another assist and a sterling display.

Mourinho has told his players that they will be rotated and even Chelsea’s player of the season for the last two seasons – Juan Mata, will be affected in the new regime.

When he was asked about the Nigerian’s chances in the team, he said: "Victor [Moses] has been terrific, working very hard.

"In his position we have Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Andre Schurrle, and with Victor we can change during a match and give new life to the team,” he added.

Moses played 41 matches in total for Chelsea last season and scored 10 goals. He also created 22 chances with an average pass accuracy of 82%.