Few would have imagined that Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior (or Oscar as he is more popularly known) will have played more than 100 matches for Chelsea in under two years of joining the club. Arriving as a young 20-year-old from Brazil, Oscar was expected to take some time to settle in. Yet, the rate of his progress has been quite amazing.
He recently revealed that he was in discussion with the Brazilian players at Paris St Germain over the possibility of moving to the French club in the future. Now, though, he has committed his future to Chelsea and has even targeted the longevity of Frank Lampard and John Terry. He said:
“The two years have been unbelievable for me. I think next year will be the same for me and Chelsea. I want to stay here for many years like Terry and Lampard have.” (Source)
The sheer number of matches he has been playing has also become a hindrance in recent weeks. Oscar has been looking tired in the second half of the season. He was especially poor in the 2-1 defeat against Sunderland. It was not surprising that he was never to be seen in the first leg Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.
He accepts that tiredness has been a problem recently. For this reason, he is happy to accept a place on the bench. He continued:
“Last season I played so many games and it has been the same this season as well. Sometimes it is better to be on the bench and to play the second half.
“If I start and I play 70 minutes before being changed that’s also okay because of the amount of games I have played.
“When I play I know I can play well and with intensity because I have played a little less.”
Oscar is almost certain to not take part against Liverpool on Sunday. Since Frank Lampard and John obi Mikel will be missing for the second leg against Atletico Madrid, Jose Mourinho is unlikely to risk him against Liverpool.