For all the pessimism currently looming over Stamford Bridge, with a little over a month of the season left, it's important to remember Chelsea are in contention for two trophies, and a top four position in the Premier League.

To say Rafael Benitez has received a frosty welcome as interim manager may be an understatement. To be under such severe pressure from fans from the very first game is an awkward situation, and one that surely affects the players.

Coupled with the fact that new players have come in and others have departed, this degree of transition may have added to Chelsea's shortcomings this season.

However, the mood within the changing room is a lot more positive than of that in the stands. This is epitomised by attacking midfielder Oscar.

Some may have worried about the baby-faced Brazilian's lack of physical presence, as a factor that may have prevented him from settling into the English game, but he has proved more than able to handle the rough and tumble thrown at him each week, while still remaining able to leave his own creative mark on a game.

Oscar told the Daily Mirror: "This has been a settling-in year. We are so young and this is our first season together so we are still getting to know each other. I hope we can continue to do that next season."

This season has been different for the 21 year old in terms of games played. The lack of Christmas break, and Chelsea's involvement in different competitions means he has been asked to play more games than usual. However he doesn't seem fazed by this workload and is intent on succeeding in both league and cup competitions alike.

Oscar continued by saying: "This year has been very different for me. I've played over 50 games already and I wouldn't do that in a whole year in Brazil.

"But you just have to get over it. I am tired and rest when I can, but I have to get over it and carry on.

"We have to finish in the top four. We want to be in the Champions League next season. That is the mark of a top club.

"But we want to win the FA Cup and Europa League as well. They are just as important. You have to want them all."


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