121 Touches, 2 Key Passes: Brazilian surprise star in Chelsea victory

Oscar Chelsea

Jose Mourinho lauded Oscar's contribution as Chelsea beat Crystal Palace on Saturday to consolidate their place at the top of the Premier League.

The Brazil forward struck a sublime free-kick after just six minutes to put the Blues on their way to a seventh win of the Premier League.

Oscar accumulated an impressive 121 touches during the 90 minutes - by no means the highest total in Saturday's encounter - but he was Chelsea's most threatening player.

He recorded three shots in total, all of which hit the target. Meanwhile, he further aided his side in the final third by fashioning two key passes.

  GoalsTotal ShotsChances CreatedPass Accuracy (%)Total PassesTacklesClearancesTouchesMins
Oscar 1 3 2 88.54 96 5 3 121 90

In creative terms he was excellent, yet he also carried out his more basic duties with aplomb. He attempted 96 passes in total, 89% of which were accurate.

His fine form last season and his selfless displays convinced Mourinho to play him ahead of Juan Mata, and this 'selflessness' proved evident in the club's narrow victory at Selhurst Park.

Alongside his efforts in the final third, he gave a wholehearted performance at the back. In total he won five tackles - more than any other player - and made three clearances.

It was an assured display by the Brazilian youngster, who continues to prove his value in Jose Mourinho's world class side. 

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