Chelsea star shows he isn't fazed by new big-name signing

Oscar was in fine form for Brazil against Croatia and showed everyone that he is not worried about the competition that he will face at Chelsea next season.

Brazil began their World Cup campaign with a 3-1 victory over group-rivals Croatia. While Neymar may be the name on everyone's lips for a controversial performance, Oscar will feel that his display deserves recognition. 

With new Chelsea signing Cesc Fabregas stealing the headlines ahead of the game on Thursday, Oscar was out to impress to remind the Blues fans exactly what they have already. 

The attacking midfielder was a constant threat, picking up the ball in small pockets of space between Croatia's defence and midfield, and was a nightmare to defend against. The Brazilian was heavily involved in almost every attacking move that the host nation choreographed.

  TeamPosTotal Att Assist / appsApps
Oscar Brazil MF 3.00 1
Neymar Brazil FW 2.00 1
Paulinho Brazil MF 1.00 1

It was as if Oscar was out to prove a point; his lively and energetic self seemed to be exaggerated as he was eager to live up to the World Cup atmosphere, and he did just that. 

Brazil found themselves 1-0 down to an unfortunate Marcelo own goal, but the Selecao were ready to fight back. Oscar unleashed a telling effort which stung the palms of goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, and then he wriggled his way through a mass of bodies before setting up Neymar, who slotted home the equaliser. 

The 22-year-old has grown into his performances of late and is taking it into the World Cup. As football takes note of new Chelsea man Fabregas on the scene, Oscar did not seemed fazed by the talk and duly slotted home the winner in some style with a finish from outside the box to ensure Brazil's 3-1 victory on the opening day of the tournament. 

With the ever-growing list of attacking midfielders in the Chelsea squad, there will be intense competition for places next season, but with his performance against Croatia, Oscar has proved that he is not going to buckle under pressure.

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