Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has declared that Oscar needs time to develop physically before being considered at the peak of his powers, challenging the Brazilian international to add power to his considerable list of attributes.
Oscar is very much the main man at Stamford Bridge in an advanced central position since Jose Mourinho took charge last summer, with Juan Mata left out in the cold and eventually sold to give the playmaker a degree of assurance over the trust he has from the Blues boss.
Mourinho has been forced to defend Oscar in recent weeks following a slight dip in form, but the Blues supremo believes that his star man has all the qualities necessary to become even better if given time and space to develop further.
He told Sky Sports: "Oscar has a fantastic talent, he plays his second year in Chelsea, he players more or less second year also in the Brazilan national team so he is coming step by step.
"Physically he needs time to put himself in a top condition. Tactically he is a very open boy that wants very much to learn and obviously technically he is the typical Brazilian talent, so Oscar also has everything to make some history in the competition [the Champions League]."
The 22-year-old started the season in terrific form and has nine goals in all competitions, forming a fine attacking trio alongside Eden Hazard and Willian to help the Blues compensate for the lack of a free-scoring centre forward.
Chelsea face a stern test of their trophy credentials tonight though, with Turkish champions Galatasaray waiting in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie in Istanbul.
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