Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Jose Mourinho over his treatment of Nigerian winger Victor Moses.
Moses was a Premier League nomad who had barely played for Chelsea in three years.
He was loaned out for three seasons in succession, with Mourinho in charge of the Blues, to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham.
Conte is startled at Moses’s treatment in the last three seasons and says the Super Eagles man was not treated with the respect he deserves.
“I recognised his (Moses’s) potential right from day one of pre-season.
“Moses has great quality, technique, physical strength and the ability to cover 70 metres of the pitch.
“I find it incredible that somebody like him could have been underrated,” Conte said.
Moses, meanwhile, is full of gratitude to Conte for his transformation this season.
“I have just got to listen to what the manager asks me to do in that position, and the way he wants me to do it.
“Defensively, we all work as a unit in training. Everyday the manager is on top of us to make sure we are solid.
“He’s also very helpful on the touchline. He talks to you to make sure you’re in the right position,” he said.
Moses has been outstanding for Chelsea this season.
He ranks third for successful dribbles at Chelsea behind Eden Hazard and Willian this season, and he is also averaging over two shots per 90 minutes.
Only Diego Costa and Hazard have taken more touches in the opposition box than Moses (37 touches) this season.
He has scored three league goals for the Blues this term.