Chelsea playmaker Oscar has set his sights on a ‘massive’ Champions League performance against Steaua Bucharest.
The Blues have their backs against the wall following a 2-1 defeat to Basel in their opening Group E encounter, and need a victory at the National Arena in Romania to get back in contention for qualification to the knockout phase.
Oscar is in no doubt that the side can claim all three points on their travels, and admits it’s crucial that the team produce a top performance for manager Jose Mourinho.
“The result against Basel has made the game against Steaua even more significant. It’s a very important game for us, we need to make sure we get three points in order to get back up the table and help us with qualification from the group stages,” the Brazilian told the official Chelsea website.
“At least it was the first game in the competition, we now need to put it behind us and look ahead. It's crucial that we put in a massive effort because the remaining games in the group are now so important. For now, we must just focus on Bucharest and hopefully getting a good result.”
Oscar announced himself on the Champions League stage last season with a brilliant brace against Juventus, and he’s since scored another 12 goals for the Blues under three different managers.
Five of his total 14 have come in Europe’s premier club competition, and the 22-year-old would love to add to that total this evening. However, he knows it will be a tough test, having lost on their travels to the same club in the Europa League last season.
“We played there last season in the Europa League and lost 1-0, it was a tough game so we know what to expect this time around. The fact we are playing away from home may help us a little bit, but at the same time we don't expect them to attack too much because they are aware how strong we can be on the counter-attack,” added the former Internacional star.
“Last year it's true that I scored more goals in the Champions League than in the Premier League, but so far this year I've scored two in the Premier League and one in the Champions League.
“I'm just happy that things are going well for me on a personal level and I hope I can continue to perform at a high level and score goals, but the most important thing for everybody is that the team win matches.”
Oscar’s fine form has seen Juan Mata spend large parts of the season either out of the squad or on the substitutes bench at Stamford Bridge, but the Spaniard appears back in favour after impress against Spurs at the weekend, and could also feature tonight.