Chelsea recorded a 2-1 away victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, last night, the very fixture that caused a major setback for The Blues’ title race last season. But, this time around, the fans got to see Chelsea outclass Crystal Palace in every aspect of the game.
Chelsea had started as they intended to go on. With Willian, Oscar and Eden Hazard endlessly switching position and behind them Cesc Fabregas ceaselessly prompting, the visitors had Palace immediately on their heels. Going all out in attack with fantastic progression in play from Matic, Fabregas and Oscar, or making match-winning tackles in and around the box showed the stability and confidence of The Blues in the game.
There was one player, however that made the difference. It was the young Brazilian Oscar, who took the game by storm. Let us analyse the man’s game, and how if it weren’t for him, the balance in the Chelsea squad would not have been as good as we had witnessed last evening.
OSCAR: THE FREE-KICK SPECIALIST
It was only in the 6th minute and Chelsea had a real goal scoring opportunity, and it had come in the form of a set piece, 30 yards in front of goal resulting from Damien Delaney’s foul on Willian. Fabregas and Oscar got behind the ball, but Oscar decided to step up and take the shot with his side-foot and bent his kick perfectly up and over the wall, past Julian Speroni into the goal. Palace keeper was helpless, since the ball rushed in the top left corner of the net in such pace and with perfect swing.
Does this remind you of something? This was exactly the kind of technique Oscar used in the FA Cup last season against Stoke City, at about the same distance from the goal. In terms of effectivity (and class), Oscar’s equipping that technique has proven to be match-winning for The Blues, and we expect it will be so for years to come.
OSCAR: THE QUIRKY ASSISTANT
It was in the 51st minute in the Palace-Chelsea game that the leading player in assists in Europe scored a goal for himself. Indeed, it was the first Premier League goal for Fabregas as a Chelsea player, and it was Oscar who provided the assist.
Fabregas was the first to seize advantage of the extra spaces available, which would not have been possible without Oscar’s foresightedness. This goal will be raved about for such a long time, but in fact, it was only another classic Chelsea goal. For, in terms of the movement and the series of passes that took place before the ball landed in the back of the net, it was something magical to watch; a treat to all Chelsea supporters.
Oscar played a huge part before the 1-2 passing between Hazard and Cesc, and his perfectly measured pass to Fabregas put the Spaniard clear in front of goal, and all he had to do, was side-foot the ball into the back of the net; making it look easy.
OSCAR: THE NON-BRAZILIAN
Oscar is Brazilian by birth, but he seems very “non-Brazilian” in some areas of the pitch at some moments due to his defensive work rate. His slide tackles and opponent-pressurization is not only a treat to watch, but is also not what one would expect from a Brazilian to exhibit and excel, simply because of the fact that Brazilian attacking midfielders generally don’t try and put much effort in the defensive aspect of the game. But Oscar is a Brazilian like no other. He put in a hundred percent on the pitch in whichever area he is found to be and showed frantic pace and growing passion for the game.
OSCAR: MAN OF THE MATCH AGAINST CRYSTAL PALACE
If the above traits of the 23-year-old sensation aren’t worthy enough for him to be crowned man of the match, then I don’t know what are. Oscar was no doubt, the best player for the ever-so-progressive Chelsea team yesterday, and we all expect his excellent ways to continue further and help us lead the points table throughout the season. KTBFFH!!
Edited By: Harshal Ahire