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Everything posted by pattieboyd

  1. Oscar

    "I really like to tackle." - EMBOABA, Oscar. x
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    Oh? I was wondering what the hell was this thing on his leg:
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    Why Chelsea missed Oscar’s creativity during the 1-1 draw with Southampton Blue miss Oscar's invention
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    LOL! People really want them to be Cersei and Jaime Lannister. I think she is a couple of years younger than him.
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    Tumblr seems to be into that lately: "Eight and ten: working together, trying to get near each other all the time." - Pat Nevin
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    5 Things Chelsea's Oscar Must Do to Take His Career Forward
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    Was he playing as a left winger? I saw just bits of the game, but it seemed that way to me... And it seems like he is an official set-piece taker for Brazil now.
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    Player Focus: Oscar Happy with Supporting Role to Chelsea's Stellar Cast
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    By The Numbers – Chelsea’s Central Midfield So Far
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    How Jose Mourinho turned Oscar into a new breed of number 10
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    Oscar delivers timely reminder he can be a main man for Mourinho When Steve Holland identified Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash with Bolton as a chance for Chelsea players on the fringes to make a statement on the pitch, there was no need for specific names. Petr Cech, supplanted by Thibaut Courtois as the club’s No.1, Filipe Luis, itching for an opportunity to prove he deserves Cesar Azpilicueta’s place, Kurt Zouma, the youngster trying to break up an experienced defence, and Mohamed Salah, not yet fully trusted by the management, were all obvious picks. Oscar fits less easily into that category, having already made three starts this season, but the slight Brazilian had as much to prove as anyone. On a night when Chelsea were lively yet wasteful the point he made was less than emphatic, but it was made nonetheless. The 23-year-old is still struggling to show the kind of imaginative genius that beguiled Andrea Pirlo and left Gianluigi Buffon helpless en route to scoring one of the greatest goals in Chelsea’s European history in September 2012, or the blend of tenacity and creativity that persuaded Jose Mourinho to jettison Juan Mata, a club hero and two-time player of the year in January. Tuesday’s performance, however, showed the first evidence of green shoots of a timely recovery. The relentless energy, so lacking towards the end of a 54-game season that concluded with an ill-fated World Cup on home turf, seems to have returned. Oscar once again prodded and probed on the ball, always looking for the space to test embattled goalkeeper Andy Lonergan or enable a team-mate to do the same. On 55 minutes, with Chelsea well on top but the scores level, his persistence paid off. Loic Remy’s blocked shot sent the ball spinning into space 30 yards out. Oscar gathered it in, swivelled neatly and sent a low shot flying beyond a flailing Lonergan and into the bottom corner. “It was a real quality strike,” Holland admitted after the match. “We said at half-time that we were happy with everything but it needed one or two individuals to produce a bit more quality to make the difference. In the end that moment of quality won the game. That is an ability we know he’s got. “To play that position it’s important you’re not just a good link player but you also threaten the goal.” The strike was typical of the man but, over the past few months, it has become all too easy to forget what Oscar is typically capable of. His last goalscoring performance – and arguably last good one – for Chelsea came in the 6-0 demolition of Arsenal in March. He scored twice but did not stand out on a day in which every man in blue found top gear, and delivered a series of limp displays in the title run-in before an underwhelming personal World Cup. Now the stakes are higher than ever. Over the course of a season which yielded just three goals after Christmas and three assists in 10 months, Oscar slumped in Mourinho’s estimation from “Chelsea’s best player” in November to one not trusted in the biggest matches in the Premier League and Champions League. It is a trend that has continued into this season. His four starts have come against Burnley, Leicester City, Swansea City and Bolton. Against Schalke he came off the bench and did not even feature in Chelsea’s toughest away trips to Everton and Manchester City. Cesc Fabregas is now Mourinho’s creator-in-chief and the man he most willingly waxes lyrical about in public. "The team was waiting for a player of his dimension,” he crowed last week – a comment as much a jibe at Oscar’s recent deficiencies as a compliment to his new midfield maestro. The two can, of course, co-exist – particularly with Fabregas occupying the base of midfield alongside Nemanja Matic – but it is already clear that Mourinho trusts the Spaniard to be his No.10 against elite opposition with two disciplined, shuttling tacklers flanking him. Oscar has the talent to change the situation. Overcoming his manager’s doubts and the gifts of a more mature genius will be a tall order, and further decisive moments against more formidable opposition than Bolton will certainly be required. “Oscar was the match-winner and we’re not surprised by that – he’s a very talented player who we know is capable of that sort of strike and hopefully he will now go on a run,” Holland added. Tuesday’s performance against Bolton, however, at least suggests he is up for the fight. [SOURCE]