Chelsea playmaker Oscar has admitted that Manchester United have a number of dangerous players as the two sides prepare to go head-to-head at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
As reported by fourfourtwo, Oscar, who has enjoyed a steady season at Stamford Bridge this term, has insisted that his side must be careful against the Red Devils on Saturday afternoon.
United, of course, have been in sensational form of late, with Louis van Gaal's side having racked up six straight victories in England's elite division.
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Chelsea, despite a couple of inconsistent performances in recent time, look set to secure the Premier League title sooner rather than later, but Oscar is certainly wary of a number of players ahead of this weekend's showdown.
In fact, as well as the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Co., the Brazilian has highlighted former teammate Juan Mata as a player the Blues should watch out for as they go in search of another crucial three points.
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"It's not only Fellaini but Mata as well. [Ander] Herrera, [Daley] Blind, [Wayne] Rooney, Ashley Young, so many players," said the 23-year-old.
"They certainly improved their performances at this point of the season and we must be careful with all of them. But they must be careful with us as well so big derbies like this one are always great matches."
Oscar has also insisted that Chelsea's next two fixtures against the duo of United and Arsenal will be like finals for the Blues as they look to claim the league title as soon as possible.
He continued by saying: "I wouldn't go that far. It seems easy but it's definitely not. We will face Man United and then Arsenal. Those will be like two finals for us.
"After that we will have a clear idea on how close we are from the title. We will certainly fight until the end of the season. But we hope we can be the champions as soon as possible."
Mata could haunt Mourinho
There's no doubt about it, Mata is set to return to the Bridge in tremendous form. The Spanish international endured a tricky start to his Old Trafford career, but has been magnificent under the Dutch regime of late.
Creating and scoring goals, Mata is playing as well as anyone in the division right now, and will no doubt have his sights set on haunting his former boss.
The Blues must be at their best if they're going to stop Mata and Co. this weekend; Saturday's clash has all the makings of a classic.
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