Chelsea attacking midfielder Oscar has said that he is delighted to have played in his club’s colours at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
The Brazil international came on at half time in place of his compatriot Ramires against Real Sociedad in their final pre-season game, which ended in a 2-0 victory for the Blues.
The 22-year-old, who joined Chelsea from Brazilian club Internacional in the summer of 2012 for a reported transfer fee of £25 million, had a lively game and could have bagged two goals.
The former Sao Paulo youngster had a shot go over the Sociedad crossbar and then saw an effort saved by the Spanish club’s goalkeeper.
After the match, Oscar took to social networking site Twitter to revel in making his comeback at the Bridge and looked forward to the 2014-15 Premier League season.
Good night! I am so happy that I was able to play at Stamford Bridge again today! I was already missing it! pic.twitter.com/ps9gbXq3e2— Oscar (@oscar11) August 12, 2014
Oscar started the 2013-14 season brilliantly and was one Chelsea’s best attacking players in the initial stages, but his performance dropped in the second half of the campaign.
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There were suggestions that the youngster, who also struggled with injuries earlier this year, was saving himself for the 2014 World Cup in his home country Brazil.
If he was, then it was in vain as Oscar did not exactly have the best of tournaments, with the Selecao failing to progress to the final, suffering a humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual winners Germany in the semi-finals – although the youngster was included in the Team of the Tournament.
However, a new season brings with it new hopes and optimism, and Oscar certainly seems to be eager to grab them. The 22-year-old star remains an important part of manager Jose Mourinho’s team, and he will certainly look to put the World Cup disappointment behind him.
How important a role will Oscar play for Chelsea this season?