Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says Chelsea owe his side a thank you after claiming Victor Moses learned how to defend during his time with the Potters.
Moses has been a revelation at right wing-back for Antonio Conte’s Blues this season, winning plaudits as an unlikely defender, repaying his manager’s faith in him after deciding not to send the Nigerian out on loan in the summer.
The 26-year-old has flourished in the role despite having to fulfil both defensive and attacking duties, but Hughes – who managed Moses during the player’s loan spell at Stoke during the 2014/15 campaign – has said he isn’t surprised at his form this season, with the Welshman jokingly taking credit for improving Moses’ defensive abilities.
“I’m not surprised at all. I’m going to take all the credit for all his defensive work because when he came here, he wasn’t great at that,” Hughes said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Stoke’s trip to Chelsea on New Year’s Eve.
“We taught him how to defend and now he’s reaping the benefits at Chelsea!”
Stoke travel to Stamford Bridge on New Year’s Eve looking to end Chelsea’s astonishing 12-game winning streak, after being hammered 4-1 by Liverpool at Anfield. One player who has not featured much for the Potters this season is Bojan, but Hughes claims the former Barcelona starlet has a future at Stoke.
“Bojan’s people came in and we had a discussion,” Hughes said.
“Obviously Bojan hasn’t had too many starts of late and it’s been more to do with a slight change in formation.
“He’s missed out and, given circumstances in games when we’ve been protecting leads, he hasn’t had the right opportunity from the bench.
“I made my feelings known. Clearly he wants to play more and I want to give him more games between now and the end of the season.