An error from Victor Moses played a part in Chelsea’s 1-3 loss to Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in Sunday, but Coach Antonio Conte has chosen to defend the Nigerian whose sloppy loss of the ball brought Spurs right back into the match after Chelsea initially took the lead.
Moses who started the game brightly, drew a save from Loris in the Spurs goal, before his inch perfect cross found the head of Alvaro Morata for the opening goal with half an hour played.
But Moses attempted clearance was clumsy and dully intercepted by a Spurs who worked it to Erickson to unleash a 30 yards shot that leveled scores just before the break.
Conte will however not single out Victor Moses for blame in his post match press interview.
“I was a footballer, it can happen where you lose the ball,” Conte began.
“It’s not the time to put responsibility on a player. We must be in this situation together.
“The goal at the end of the first half it wasn’t good for us and our confidence. We deserved to go in 2-0 up but football is this and Eriksen scored a fantastic goal.
”We played good football and should have been in 2 or 3-0. Instead this goal created a bit of problems in our mind. We lost a bit of confidence.”
Conte highlighted the mistakes made by his side in conceding the other two goals in the second half.
”We started the second half well, then we conceded a goal you can avoid. There was a through ball and I think we made a mistake in the third goal.
”Also if you have the right bat you kick it into the stands. But this season is going this way.”
Chelsea are now 8 points behind 4th placed Spurs and almost certainly out of the UEFA Champions League qualification position with 7 games left to play.
Victor Moses has been a regular presence in the Chelsea team since the Italian manager took over last season. Both coach and player will be hoping to win the only title available to the blues, an FA Cup of which there is a Semi final to look forward to against Southampton later in the month.