Oscar discusses his role in Mourinho's Chelsea
Chelsea star Oscar talks about his role in Jose Mourinho's team
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Oscar may have only arrived in London at the start of last season, but the silky Brazilian has already established himself as one of the Premier League's most exciting midfielders. The 22 year old has settled nicely in England and has established himself as one of Jose Mourinho's top midfielders this term.
Known for his work rate, his ability on the ball, and his creative nature, Oscar has quickly earned fan approval at Stamford Bridge. The Brazilian scored 12 goals across 61 appearances in all competitions last season, adding 13 assists as well.
Clearly, though, the Chelsea man isn't content with just one good season and he's already kicked off the 2013-2014 season as one of Mourinho's most trusted midfielders. Speaking to Chelsea's official website, Oscar discussed his start to the new season and what this year has brought for him positionally.
'I'm happy with how the first three months of the season have gone, both for myself and the team,' he said.
'I've been playing well in that time in the Premier League and Champions League, and I'm very pleased.
'I've played the majority of matches and hopefully I'll be able to continue in the same way right up until the end of the season to make sure the team are as successful as possible.'
Oscar continued speaking about his positional differences this season and last. Under Roberto Di Matteo and Rafa Benitez, Oscar was often used as a winger that could come inside and combine with the likes of Juan Mata, Frank Lampard, and Eden Hazard.
This season, however, he's somewhat replaced Juan Mata in Chelsea's central creative role and played far more games through the middle.
'Last year I spent a lot of time on the wing, but this season, although I have played out wide, I've mainly been used in the middle,' he said. 'It gives me a bit more freedom to express myself but I know how to play in all those positions and I'm very happy with how it's going so far.
'I've always been able to apply pressure in midfield, since my days in Brazil, that's why I came to Europe so early. That helps me a lot, especially in England, because it's a fast league so it benefits me. Being able to do that has made it easier to adjust to the nature of the Premier League.'
The Brazilian also spoke about the pressure of playing at a club as big as Chelsea and what its like knowing there are so many talented players on the pitch as well as on the bench.
'The pressure is the same if you begin the game or come off the bench,' he says. 'When you start the match you have to give your best and do everything to help the team win the game. The players on the bench have to come into the game and try to help improve the team, regardless of what the score is at that time or how the team are performing.'
Oscar then said that with Mourinho's backing he is confident whenever he is on the pitch wearing a Chelsea shirt.
'I don't feel any pressure on my shoulders. The manager makes me feel comfortable so I'm able to give my best in every game. If I play as well as I know I can then I know I will be an important member of the team and help us win matches.'
Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League behind Southampton, Liverpool, and Arsenal but face two relatively lighter weight opponents in the form of West Ham and FC Basel next in November. With that said, Basel came to Stamford Bridge on the opening Matchday of the Champions League and stunned Mourinho and his men.
Oscar is in Miami, Florida with his Brazil teammates ahead of their two friendlies against Honduras and Chile in the United States and Canada respectively.