Oscar stunned by the pacey English Premier League – Chelsea prepare for CWC clash
Oscar admits he has been stunned by the fiery pace of English Premier League since his £25 million move to Chelsea from Sao Paulo during the summer transfer window. The Brazilian star was in phenomenal form for Chelsea in Europe, but the same cannot be said for his performances in England.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder scored five goals in six appearances for Chelsea in the Champions League. In stark contrast, Oscar hasn’t scored his first goal for Chelsea in 14 appearances in the English Premier League. Many football analysts suggest the Brazil international has provided little support to the Champions League winning side in the domestic league.
“The biggest difference between the two leagues is that over here it's more dynamic,” Oscar confessed as Chelsea prepare to play against Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-final.
“The pace of the game in England is intense and frenetic and it's probably a bit more technical in Brazil, but I love playing in the Premier League. It is one of the best leagues in the world, with some of the best players in the world. Most players would love to have an opportunity to play in this country.
“I'm very pleased with how I've adapted to the move and the only problem I have is the language. I get along with all of the players, which is nice, and I'm picking it up English quite quickly, but it takes time.
“On the pitch, I'm learning and I can communicate quite well with most of my team-mates. Off the pitch, I enjoy living in London, so I'm very happy at the moment.”
Oscar admits he didn’t expect to become a regular in Chelsea’s first team soon after his switch from Sao Paulo, nonetheless, he is happy to have gained acceptance and hopes to provide more for Chelsea’s success under new manager Rafael Benitez.
“I started off being eased into the team, then I started my first match in the Champions League against Juventus and scored two goals,” Oscar said in an interview to Chelsea’s official website. “Since then, I have been a regular in the first team, which has been great and something I really appreciate.
“I hope this can continue so I can grow and improve with every game I play for Chelsea. I'm very happy to be wearing the Chelsea shirt and to be able to help my team-mates and win games with them, so I hope I can continue my progression in order to help the club win many trophies.”
Oscar backed Rafael Benitez and believes Chelsea can still count themselves as title contenders. Chelsea are third placed on the English Premier League table, four points away from second place and 10 points away from leaders Manchester United.