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Oscar attempts to control ball fired from cannon

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Brazilian playmaker Oscar may not be a regular starter under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, but he's still one of the most technically gifted players in the Premier League. 

With Conte opting to play a 3-4-3 system in west London, Oscar has found himself on the bench more often than not. 

While Oscar will no doubt be pleased with Chelsea's current form - they sit at the summit of the Premier League table - it's going to be extremely difficult for him to regain his place in the team.

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Ultimately, the balance of the side seems to be impeccable right now and Oscar may well have to bide his time in the pursuit of glory at Stamford Bridge. Perhaps, then, he will be targeting the training field as a place to impress his manager. 

And, as you will see below, Oscar is the latest footballer to be involved in the 'Dugout Touch Challenge.'

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Oscar challenge 

The challenge involves trying to control a football fired from 40 yards away that is travelling at around 88mph.

The likes of Roberto Firmino, Luis Suarez and Alexis Sanchez have already taken on the challenge, but how did Oscar fare? 

Well, he opted to control the ball in a slightly unorthodox way...

See it here: 

Players will be unhappy 

With the likes of Oscar and co. currently struggling for opportunities, Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has warned Conte that he may fail to keep his players happy. 

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“When you've got a big group of players, and every Champions League team today carries a big group of players, you're working with around 30 players,” Souness said to Sky Sports.

"At any given time, you've got about five out injured and you can only play 11.

"That leaves you with eight or nine players saying to themselves and others in the dressing room: 'I should be in this team.'

"If you're winning every week, you can't say anything, it makes your job very easy and that's a hard part of managing football clubs in the modern game, keeping the ones on the fringe happy with such a big squad."

Chelsea fans: does Oscar have an important role to play this season? Have your say below! 

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