Chelsea’s summer signing Brazilian Oscar announced his arrival on the stage of European football with the loudest of bangs last night. We all knew he was good, but did we know he was this good?
Oscar goes wild at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have every right to feel disappointed after going two goals up at Stanford Bridge in their first European night as defending champions and their first without talismanic Drogba. This was a new-look Chelsea full of attacking intent and flair, unfortunately it wasn’t enough to beat Juventus who finished last year’s Serie A campaign undefeated.
But if last night was about a new chapter in The Blues’ history it was the 21-year-old Brazilian who stole the show. Oscar do Santos Emboaba Júnior, known as Oscar was signed during the summer and has been used sparingly by manager Roberto Di Matteo in order to ease him into life in London.
At first, you could see why, in the first quarter he seemed to be finding his feet as the pace of the game looked almost too much for him. But on the half hour, he put together a string of shots inside three minutes the third from a scything run by Hazard that invited the Brazilian to empty the chamber on goal, so to speak, and nasty deflection didn’t give Buffon a chance.
The second goal was pure artistry however, and all-his-own making with a elegant turn that took him away from Pirlo and Bonucci, and unleashed an unstoppable rasping curler of shot that finished in the back of the net. With speed, skill and strength reminiscent of a young Kaka, if you weren’t already aware of his skills you are now.
Comparisons to Kaka have long been drawn in his native Brazil when he made his full debut for the national side at only 20 years of age, scoring his first goal in July. He made a name for himself at the U20 World Cup in 2011, when he scored a hat-trick in the final against Argentina. With the creativity to orchestrate from midfield and a striker’s instinct of being in the right place at the right time he will prove to be a formidable weapon in Chelsea’s arsenal this season.
The young star who signed from Internacional for a rumoured €30 million is a clean-living, good-natured guy who lives and breathes football. Compatriots David Luis and Ramires are making him feel at home in London and the future looks very bright indeed fro Oscar and for Chelsea.
By Hugo Mc Cafferty
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