Chelsea’s Oscar comments on his ‘important year'

Chelsea's Brazilian star Oscar has been enjoying his football in 2014.

The Brazilian playmaker has cemented himself in Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans, and has already improved upon the season he had last term.

14 Premier League games have brought three goals and five assists, and he looks to be a vital part of the side who are fighting for four trophies this year. Although Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have been winning the plaudits, Oscar is quietly effective in the number 10 role, and his work rate and team ethic has endeared him to the Blues faithful.

Regardless, for all his impressive form last term, the West London club ended the season trophyless, before the 23-year-old set off to star for his country at the World Cup. One of Brazil’s standout performers, he was unfortunate to play the whole game of the historic 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany - although, having scored the home nation’s consolation goal, Oscar could leave the game with his head held high.

Following the tournament, the playmaker was awarded a new contract at Stamford Bridge, keeping him in West London until 2019, and he recently spoke of his delight at the year that has just gone, before looking forward to what promises to be a successful 2015 for the Blues.

“I look back on 2014 with happy memories,” the 44-capped international told the official Chelsea website. “We didn’t win a trophy but the team has grown very well and it is good for us if we can be at the top of the league when the year ends.

“It means we begin 2015 where we want to be, and sends out an important message.

“It was an important year for me - I played in the World Cup in my home country, and was very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea.

“Now I hope to end the year well and I think 2015 can be a special year for this team.”

With all the style that has been on show at Stamford Bridge this season, there is no surprise that Oscar has high hopes for the new year, and Blues fans would be right to be just as optimistic as their much-loved star.

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