Chelsea midfielder Oscar said he was delighted to score his first goals for his new side in the Blues’ 2-2 draw with Juventus last night. Oscar, who joined Chelsea from Internacional for £25 million in the summer, has been limited to starting from the substitute’s bench in the Premier League so far this season. However, manager Roberto Di Matteo showed faith in the 21-year-old by starting him alongside Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel in the centre of midfield last night.
The youngster repaid the manager’s faith by scoring two goals in two second half minutes to put the European Champions 2-0 up. The second of Oscar’s goals in particular, has already been touted as one of the goals of the season. The Italian champions managed to salvage a point thanks to a fine finish from Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal and a second half goal from Fabio Quagliarella.
The Brazilian Oscar says that whilst he was pleased to have scored his first goals for Chelsea, he was still disappointed with the result,
“I am very happy with my two goals on debut but I would have been much happier if the team had managed to win.”
Oscar also commented on his spectacular second goal, “For the second goal, as soon as I had made the first touch and shot, I knew the ball was going in.” The Brazilian added, “Every young boy in Brazil has dreams of playing in the Champions League so for me to realise this dream, it makes me very proud.”
Despite Chelsea being 2-0 to the good around the half-hour mark, there was always a sense that Juventus were playing a nice brand a football and the Serie A leaders, who are currently on a 42-match unbeaten run in the Italian league, grabbed a deserved equaliser to share the spoils with a dejected Chelsea.
Chelsea’s £32 million signing Eden Hazard said that whilst he thought his team played well, they will have to be more determined to defend a lead in future, “I think we played a good match. Oscar scored two goals but after that we weren’t able to defend the lead better. Hopefully we will do that in our next matches.
The Belgian international failed to make an impact on the game last night, but insists he is not feeling under pressure to perform for his new club, “I don’t feel any pressure because of my price tag, I have already shown how I can play at Lille and hope to continue like that here, scoring and setting up goals to help the team win.”
The 21-year-old also believes that Chelsea can become the first team to defend the Champions League, “Of course, we have great players and a great team as we showed when we won the competition last year. If all our players are at their best there is no reason why we can’t win it again.”
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