Brazil legend Lucio tips Chelsea star Oscar to have a big World Cup!

Lucio Brazil

Jose Mourinho's no.10 could be one of the main difference-makers in the upcoming FIFA World Cup tournament.

Chelsea attacker Oscar, 22, could "make a difference for Brazil" in the FIFA World Cup competition which begins on Thursday, June 12 in Sao Paulo as the Samba Stars take on Croatia in the opening match. 

That is the view of a Brazilian legend, Lucio, now 36, but a physically-impressive defensive rock for some of the world's best teams including Internacional, Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Internazionale, Juventus and, of course, the national team, for whom he was capped 105 times by.

A World Cup winner in 2002, Lucio also won a plethora of club-level honours including four titles across two different leagues (Bundesliga and Serie A) and the Champions League with Inter Milan.

Considering Lucio competed in the same legendary Brazil team as Ronaldinho, Rivaldo, Ronaldo, Gilberto Silva, Roberto Carlos and Cafu, it is high praise indeed when he singles out Oscar for specific lauding.

He said, as per Daily Mail: "Chelsea is a great team and for me Oscar is the player who can make the difference in a match. He’s a very offensive player; fast, creative, skilful."

  ClubTouch /AppPass AccMins/ ChanceAssistShot AccShot/ AppGoalAppMins
Oscar Chelsea 54.88 83.3% 44.65 2 33.8% 2.15 8 33 2,143

Oscar, on average, received a touch on the football approximately 55 times in each of his 33 Premier League appearances on average for Chelsea. He retained a high passing accuracy of 83%, created a goal-scoring chance every 44 minutes, provided two assists, was accurate with close to 34% of his shots, attempted over two strikes per game and scored a total of eight goals.

"He can make a difference for Brazil," said Lucio, who also noted the overall strength of the English division: "The Premier League is one of the hardest in the world with plenty of great teams like Manchester United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.

"It makes the games really hard and gives great credibility to those players, a great experience. I think being used to playing at that level is very important for a World Cup."

 

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