Chelsea's Nigerian international Victor Moses has showered encomiums on Antonio Conte for helping him evolve into a versatile player.
Moses, a natural winger since the start of his career, was handed a role at wing-back in the Chelsea squad by Conte at the start of the season and the Super Eagles star has excelled.
"He (Conte) didn’t say to me: ‘Do you fancy playing wing-back?’ He just put me in there," Moses was quoted in the Guardian.
"After that he just kept on encouraging me and went through it with me, what the position was all about, mostly in training. And constantly he was talking to me in training to make sure I was improving in it, talking me through it. I took that in and I didn’t look back.
"I have always believed in the ability that I have got.
"I have always known that I’ve got the ability to play in a big club like Chelsea. I have proved that. We have got a manager here that is willing to give everybody an opportunity.
"To be honest, I just wanted to play football.
"It was at Hull that it all started. I really enjoyed it and I took everything in. I kept watching the video of myself after the Hull game, to make sure I was in the right place, and after that I took it in and kept on improving.”
The former Wigan and Crystal Palace winger added that his experience as a winger has helped him cope well against opposing wingers.
"It’s a big position. You need a lot of stamina to be able to play there, and it’s a responsibility," he said.
"I have been learning a lot defensively as well, the manager has been teaching me and I have taken everything in. When I play against a winger, because I’m a winger myself, I understand what they are going to do before they try and go past me, so it makes it a lot easier for me. The more games I play the better I get."