Jose Mourinho says Oscar and Willian can be Brazil's new Neymar

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Chelsea duo are able to replace Brazil's poster-boy for the World Cup in the Selecao's upcoming semifinal clash with Germany.

Two Brazilian Blues hold the key in a national team who will be without their star player Neymar for the rest of the World Cup tournament, according to manager Jose Mourinho, as attack-minded midfielder Oscar is capable of shifting into a central role for Luiz Felipe Scolari while Willian can play the role Oscar had been fulfilling.

"It depends on what Scolari has on his mind, the game plan, strategy," said Mourinho when pondering the merits over whom can effectively deputise for Neymar, a forward who has starred in the competition having returned 13 goal-scoring opportunities, one assist and four goals from five appearances.

Brazil are one match away from headlining the World Cup final inside their spiritual home, the Maracana stadium. However, in their way are fellow semifinalists Germany, a technically exquisite and possession-retaining team who have delighted with attacking football and also demonstrated an ability to grind out results.

Scolari will also be without suspended Thiago Silva and injured Neymar, arguably his two finest players.

For Mourinho, it is perhaps a case of fear not. He said: "I think Oscar is playing now where he is in a position where Oscar is not Oscar.

"The position where he is Oscar is where Neymar was playing. Oscar was pushed to the right so Neymar could play in that position with freedom behind the striker. Oscar likes to play there.

"Willian is another player coming from the sides. If it was me, I would go Oscar as a number 10, playing in front of two midfield players with Willian coming from the side."

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