Chelsea's attacking midfielder Oscar has spoken to Squawka this week and has had a lot to say about playing for Chelsea and current manager Jose Mourinho.
Having been signed by Roberto Di Matteo in the summer of 2012, Oscar has gone on to be a regular fixture in the Chelsea team and one of the top number 10’s in the Premier League.
Following the sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United in January 2014, Oscar has gained the trust of Jose Mourinho and played a massive role in the club’s title winning campaign.
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At just 20-years-old, Chelsea paid £20 million to Internacional to sign the young Brazilian who won a silver medal at that summer’s Olympics in London. Surprisingly, friends and advisors to the attacking-midfielder advised him not to move to the Premier League.
Oscar told Squawka: "A lot of people told me not to come to the Premier League because of the physical demands, especially if I came straight from Brazil to England. But it’s not been like that."
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Oscar had his sights set on playing for a top European club early and the multi-national dressing room at Chelsea, which included fellow Brazilians Ramires and David Luiz, helped the youngster settle in.
“I adapted well, and there are many Portuguese and Spanish speakers in the dressing room, which made it easier for me. I chose Chelsea because I always wanted to play in Europe for one of the biggest clubs. And I’m glad I did.”
In the last couple of seasons Oscars stock has risen considerably. Jose Mourinho plays him in the number 10 role but he is a huge admirer of the Brazilian’s work rate and eagerness to track back and defend.
This led to Mourinho placing a large amount of trust, and pressure, on Oscar when he sold Juan Mata. Mata was the club’s player of the year for two seasons running and Oscar had to fill a big void left by the former Valencia player.
Talking about his own ability and how he likes to play, Oscar told Squawka: “I like to play wherever the coach wants me. As long as I can play with the ball at my feet and look around, help balance the side and create chances, I am happy. That’s what I’m there to do.”
Oscar has scored an impressive 30 goals in 151 appearances for Chelsea. More impressive is the fact he has kept his place in the team through three manager's tenures and that he is still only 23 years old.
The most important manager in Oscar’s development is undoubtedly Jose Mourinho. Talking about his manager Oscar had this to say.
“Jose has been the one who has really brought me on and developed my career. He has helped me evolve as a player and I think his real strength is in understanding how to get the very best out of his players. It is great working with him.”
Jose Mourinho has also brought the best out of one of Oscar’s teammates this year, Eden Hazard. Taking home the PFA Player of the Year award, Hazard has been in outstanding form. Crucially Mourinho has balanced playing both Oscar and Hazard in his team. Oscar and Hazard inter-changed playing out on the left or centre of an attacking trio with fellow Brazilian Willian.
Oscar credits his manager for moulding him into the number 10 role, despite the fact he inherited Frank Lampard’s number eight shirt this year, also showing gratitude to his manager for bringing him on as a player - and not just technically.
“This is where Mourinho has been great for me. He says that I’ve evolved mentally and tactically and he’s right – I’ve learned from him what a no.10 needs to be. It’s about coordinating things, analysing the game around you, creating that balance and making things happen.”
Do you think Oscar can continue to star for Chelsea? Or will Mourinho find someone better in this summers transfer window?