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Oscar sets Chelsea goals target

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Chelsea's Brazilian boy wonder, Oscar, has enjoyed his first three months in the Premier League, and is hoping that his impressive goalscoring form - both domestically and in Europe - can be maintained for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer for a reported £20million fee, becoming an instant fans' favourite following a string of scintillating Blues performances.

Roberto di Matteo has been full of praise for the tricky South American, who has settled in well to life in west London, and adapted to the physical nature of English football admirably.

In his last season with Internacional, Oscar scored 15 goals in the Brazilian national league and 20 in all competitions - at a rate not far short of one goal every three games.

"I have been a midfielder who is a regular goalscorer and scoring 20 in a season was normal for me," he told Chelsea's official website.

"I know it could be a bit more difficult in England because you are not playing all the time and you play in different positions, but nevertheless I do expect that I am going to score many goals for Chelsea and I hope to keep the average of between 10 to 20 goals a season - that would be good."

Looking ahead to Sunday's crunch Premier League clash against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Oscar is looking forward to another enthralling encounter.

And, having already sampled the atmosphere of matches against the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham, his early impressions of the major occasions are positive.

"It is quite similar to Brazil," he added. "You have the same things - the big crowds and the adrenalin is really unbelievable, you feel it rushing through you.

"I played in a city in Brazil where there are only two big clubs and Internacional versus Gremio was unbelievable - the pressure, the team atmosphere and everybody flying on the adrenalin.

"The big games against big opponents, those are the best games to play in."

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