Victor Moses has insisted that he feels no pressure, ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup final meeting with Arsenal on Saturday.
The newly-crowned Premier League champions are seen by many as the favourites for this Cup final clash, with Arsenal potentially being without four defensive options, in Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs and Gabriel Paulista.
Victory would seal a second Double for Chelsea, the first since Carlo Ancelotti led the Blues to the league and FA Cup in 2010. However, speaking ahead of the tie, head coach Antonio Conte said that he believes that Arsenal are the favourites.
Despite this, Moses insisted that he doesn’t feel the pressure for the match. Speaking with TalkChelsea, he said:
“I don’t feel no pressure. Like during the season we were just taking each game as it comes, but if he says Arsenal is the favourite then I don’t know, but we’ve got good players at the moment that can win us games, so we think we’re good enough to beat arsenal, but it’s not going to be an easy game.”
“We’ve got the league title, but they’re going to want to win because they missed out on top four. They’re going to want a trophy this season, we are going to want to try and stop them, though, too and get the double this season.”
Saturday’s final will be a first for Victor Moses, who is yet to win the FA Cup, unlike many of his Chelsea team-mates.
“This is my first one and I’m looking forward to it. If I can get that medal it will be a great honour for me. Yeah, it’s a massive cup and everyone knows that, not only in England, but all over the world, so everyone is going to be watching.”
Both sides have beaten each other this season, with Arsenal triumphing 3-0 at the Emirates in September in a game which was a turning point for Chelsea, who switched to a three-at-the-back system following the defeat. With that in mind, Moses explained that it’s not been forgotten by Antonio Conte’s men.
“Yeah definitely, we still think about it,” he said. “It was 3-0, we lost against Liverpool and lost against Arsenal. We lost two games in a row, so we felt very sad after that game, but when we played them at Stamford Bridge I thought we done very well.”
“We beat them once, they beat us once, so they’re gonna want to get revenge, but we’ll stick to our tactics and try and make sure we’ll win.”
This season has seen Moses become regular feature on the team-sheet for Chelsea and the Nigerian puts it down to Conte, who he believes has filled the entire squad with confidence.
“Now we’ve got a new manager here that’s willing to give everyone an opportunity and he gave me that opportunity and I didn’t look back after that and I’m very pleased with that,” he explained. “I just want to keep on improving in every game we play, it’s a new role for me. I’m still getting used to it.”
“I think I’m more focused now than ever and I’m enjoying my football again. It’s like the more games you play, the more experience you get and I’m doing that this season.”
“I’d say from the manager as well, he’s giving me a lot of confidence. Not just me personally, but the other boys as well. He gave every single one of us confidence to go out there and enjoy our football.”