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Weekend Performance: Oscar (Chelsea)


If I’m honest, I didn’t expect Oscar to be that prominent a part of Jose Mourinho’s new-look Chelsea, but today seemed to contradict that assumption.

I remember writing, somewhere in one of the pre-season previews, that Chelsea were likely to start with an attacking-midfield three of Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard, and Juan Mata, but the first-half chemistry which existed between Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, and Oscar fully-justified the decision to go in a different direction.

Hazard was great, de Bruyne looked sharp in spurts, but Oscar was the best of the three: his awareness of what’s happening around him is outstanding, and that often gets overlooked in favour of recognising his more tangible attributes, like his first-touch and his flair.

Some of his passsing was quite exquisite today, and the attacking instinct which led to Chelsea’s first goal was a demonstration of the potential he has to grow into one of the very best ‘hole players’ on the continent.

Here are his individual stats from this afternoon:

- Played 85 minutes before being replaced by Marco van Ginkel.

- Scored 1 goal.

- Had 3 shots, 1 of which hit the target.

- Created 3 scoring opportunities for his side.

- Completed 1 successful dribble.

- Played 58 passes, and completed them at 81%.

- Completed both of the long-balls he attempted.

- Made 1 tackle and 1 interception.

- Made 4 successful defensive clearances.

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  1. Paul
    3 days, 20 hrs ago

    I feel he’s really good at linking up other flair players, it can get a bit disjointed with too many of them but he seems to be a good glue in the play, which I assume is because of his awareness.

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