Neville blames Chelsea’s shock defeat on Moses’ absence


Former England and Manchester United defender Phil Neville has attributed the 1-2 loss of Chelsea to Crystal palace to the absence of Super Eagles star Victor Moses at the right wing back position .

The importance of Victor Moses was exposed in his absence as Crystal Palace attack ran freely down the position occupied by the injured Chelsea star.

Phil Neville analysing the match from an EPL live studio was quick to point out the manner of exposure Chelsea suffered in Victor Moses’ absence.

“The change of tactics and the absence of some players didn’t work as planned by coach Antonio Conte. Victor Moses was badly missed, they looked unconvincing and disorganised at the back without Moses”, Neville said.

“Wilfred Zaha had a field day running at the full backs of Chelsea, he had little to do defensively because there was no player opening the game up like Moses would have done for Chelsea.

“Willian brought a bit of spark to the attack when he was introduced but at that time Crystal Palace were all about protecting their 2-1 lead which they did at the end of the game”.

Victor Moses it would be recalled pulled out of Nigeria’s friendly match against Senegal due to injury, and his absence for Chelsea on Saturday further lends credence to the degree of injury he sustained against Stoke city.

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