London-based duo Oscar and Alexis Sanchez were in fine form at the weekend – but which player comes out as HITC’s London-based midfielder of the weekend?
According to the head-to-head table above, both players displayed their South American flair to good effect and excelled in different categories.
Aside from finding the back of the net from an exquisite free-kick, Chelsea star Oscar also dominated the midfield and used his intelligence to take advantage of the spaces left behind by the tightly-marked Cesc Fabregas.
The former Internacional playmaker took three shots on goal, created two chances for his teammates and successfully contested one dribble.
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez on the other hand was more direct than Oscar, and the Gunners’ big-money signing from Barcelona caused Hull City all sorts of problems with his lightning quick attacks.
The 25-year-old took five shots, one of which opened the scoring in superb fashion, created three chances for his teammates and went on a mesmerising five successful dribbles, getting round the back of the Tigers’ fullbacks on a number of occasions.
His use of the ball for the most part was good as he competed 51 accurate passes for Wenger’s side and his four ball recoveries is an impressive stat for such an attack-minded player.
While Alexis was good in possession, Oscar’s stats for the Blues are even better as he produced a passing master class.
He made himself available and kept hold of the ball superbly, completing 85 accurate passes and only being dispossessed once.
Mourinho likes Oscar for his high-pressure style of play and his ability to contribute defensively, and he did just that as he topped off a Man of the Match performance with an impressive six ball recoveries.
After the game, the Portuguese coach lauded his Chelsea playmaker for his unconventional style in the number 10 role and felt he played the perfect match.
Both players will feel they’ve certainly performed to a top standard on a personal level, though only one can be HITC's London-based midfielder of the weekend.
Alexis was undoubtedly more of an attacking threat, but Oscar was the more controlling and intelligent attacking midfielder over the 90 minutes and with this he claims our vote for this weekend.