The Brazilian international was a first-team member during Brazil’s 2013 Confederations Cup victory last summer, and has therefore not had an extended rest for almost two years.
Since moving to the club, Oscar initially formed a fabulous partnership with Eden Hazard and former fans favourite Juan Mata. The trio were often named the three musketeers, and they helped the club win the Europa League.
It all changed for Oscar when he joined up with his Chelsea teammates after Brazil’s Confederations Cup victory. Jose Mourinho had been installed as boss, and the style of play was beginning to change.
Oscar, however, adapted well to Mourinho’s stance regarding his forwards defending from the front – regularly being selected over Spanish international Juan Mata.
With Chelsea’s run the Champions League extending to the quarter-finals and Juan Mata being sold to Manchester United, Oscar has heavily participated in the Chelsea starting XI on all fronts.
Despite scoring eight goals – including a brace against Arsenal at the weekend – as well as assisting a further two, Oscar’s performance levels have dropped in recent weeks possibly as a result of tiredness.
In an interview with Chelsea TV, Oscar has admitted that he has been involved in many games over the last couple of years, and revealed what he needs so that he can regain his top form.
He commented: “It's not just this season, I've played so many games in the last few seasons, plus with the national team we are always playing as well.”
“It's difficult but I enjoy it and I'm fine. We now have the last seven or eight games in the Premier League, as well as the game in the Champions League, so I need to sleep well, have a massage and then I will play well.”
Will Oscar regain his top form between now and the end of the season?