Brazilian defender Lucio believes Oscar will only become a “big player” for Chelsea if he adapts his game to suit Jose Mourinho.
Lucio, who won the Champions League under Mourinho in 2010, feels Oscar must work hard to improve his game - or run the risk of failing at Stamford Bridge.
Oscar, now 24, has failed to develop in the manner many expected he would following his £19.35 million move from Internacional in the summer of 2012. However, Lucio is confident that his compatriot will fulfil his potential if he adjusts his game to suit his manager.
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“Oscar plays an attacking and skilful game with the national side,” the former Brazil international told IB Times. “At Chelsea, he plays a different role. It is two different styles of play and he needs to adapt. There will be a period where Mourinho's style may not suit him, but he has to adjust and adapt.
"Once he does it, he will be a top player, a very good player. His dip in form is just a question of adapting. He should work hard in order to improve his game and be a big player at Chelsea."
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Oscar has tried to adapt his game
Some would argue that Oscar should have adapted to life under Mourinho by now - the Portuguese coach is now in his third consecutive campaign with the Blues.
Over the past two seasons, however, Oscar has demonstrated that he’s willing to work hard for the team. He has clearly made an effort to adapt his game - his defensive ability has improved since Mourinho returned to the Bridge - but perhaps this season he’s lacked a little confidence.
Don't be surprised if Oscar leaves Chelsea
Mourinho left Oscar on the bench in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa last weekend and only gave him 15 minutes to shine during Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League.
If he continues to spend time on the bench, then expect rumours linking him with clubs in Italy to resurface as we approach the January transfer window.
Chelsea fans: would you sell Oscar in 2016 - or does he still have a big role to play at Stamford Bridge? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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