Apple of the eye at Chelsea, Oscar insists he is ready to fire
Oscar insists he is adapting well to life in the Premier League and is ready to show his goal-scoring abilities for Chelsea. The Brazilian attacking midfielder has proved that he has an eye for scoring goals and can fit into Jose Mourinho’s frontline.
The 21-year-old has quickly become the apple of Mourinho’s eyes after the Portuguese tactician’s return to Stamford Bridge. Oscar, who made a total of 64 appearances in the first-team in his debut season at Chelsea, believes he has prepared well for the challenges ahead of him this season.
The young Brazil international played an important role in the Europa League victory and a top-four finish for Chelsea last season. Oscar also scored 12 goals along the way.
“I feel a lot more confident this year and I am sure that I am going to score a lot more goals,” Oscar told Chelsea official magazine. “I am ambitious for this season and I am happy with the way things are going for me at the moment. We have started well and I want to make sure that this is a big year -- a year in which Chelsea win titles.
“It really did help playing so often last season. This was clear when you look at how I finished last season, when it was clear that I was settled and that I had learned more and felt stronger in my game.
“I started my first season well and the other players welcomed me and helped me to develop, all of which helps me and contributes to this season. Now, I am feeling even stronger and I would like to play as many games for the team this year as I did last year.”
Oscar is being used in the front-line of Chelsea’s attack in Mourinho starting lineup. Since moving in from Internacional last season, Oscar believes he has done well to live up to the expectations from him. Oscar also admitted that is was his boyhood dream to play in the Premier League.
“I always watched Premier League matches from Brazil and considered this to be the best league in Europe, if not the world,” Oscar added. “It was always a dream for me to come and play here.
“In Brazil, we know that there is more contact in the English game and that it is a more dynamic style of play. Last year, from playing here, I realised that is the case. However, I have adapted my game to this and, despite it being strong and dynamic in style, it is also very technical.
“The best evidence of that is to look around you here at Chelsea and see the great technical players we have in our team. Increasingly -- game by game and training session by training session -- we are improving and it looks like things are very well set for this season.”
Oscar is expected to mature into a talented midfielder under Mourinho this season. The young Brazilian has already picked up 22 caps for the international team and is expected to be the center of the Celeste’s attack in the World Cup next year.