A day that will remain in Chelsea supporters’ hearts for a long time, as The Blues trample on a bamboozled Swansea City team.
Both Oscar and Costa scored braces and Schurrle stepped up from the bench to complete the destruction of a highly-acclaimed defense of Swansea, who were more than lucky not to have conceded 7 or 8. The Blues now have a 5-point lead at the top of the table over the idle Man City.
In a game where a best Chelsea player was hard to pick out, the young Brazilian Oscar deserved to be remembered as the most proactive, if not the best Blue player on the field at the Liberty Stadium. Here are a few points as to why we thought so:
“Oscar, in this moment, is not a number 10. He had an evolution, a mental, tactical evolution that allows him to be a fantastic player. Can he physically improve? Of course. People forget that he is still so young. He’s not a number 10 that plays with the ball at his feet, he’s a number 10 that looks back, looks to the side, analyses the game and sees where the team needs him to move to get the ball and also to create balance.”
– Jose Mourinho on Oscar [SOURCE: Sky Sports]
– The main objective of a No. 10 is to play clever balls and through passes for his forwards to capitalise on. Although Jose helps redefine the No. 10 role, modifying it in such a way that any player on that position playing that role has to regularly press the opposition players and force mistakes out of them. This is exactly what Oscar does, and does so well.
– There is a very intriguing record held by Oscar: in the 16 matches he has scored one or more goals for Chelsea, we have won 14 of them and drawn the other two. There have been no losses suffered when the Brazilian is at his best. Can that be called a co-incidence? We think not! It means that The Blues can rely on Oscar to lead to victory in, say a tough away game where chances come scarce, and a free-kick has to be capitalised on.
– Oscar opened up the scoresheet for Chelsea in a mere 49 seconds after the match began. He pressed Sigurdsson high up the pitch, which prompted the Icelander to misplace his pass under immense pressure. Oscar intercepted, and made one touch, two touches, and then struck a low, powerful ball from just outside the D to land the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
– The primary reason for Chelsea’s brilliant containment in the final third was our constant pressing. Although Oscar did miscue his passes on more than one occasion, he along with Willian led the team in the ‘putting the opposition under pressure’ department. This resulted in Chelsea keeping a clean sheet and also the lion’s share of attempts on goal and possession.
– Oscar also, as always, combined really well with Fabregas; interchanging positions with the Spaniard and allowing him to move forward whenever Oscar dropped deep to provide cover. This strategy has always worked well for The Blues, especially when in the lead and in control of the game.
– Oscar was very close to scoring a hat-trick if it wasn’t for a tap-in by Schurrle. However, Schurrle deserved to take credit, for it only boosts his morale and helps him be picked for the first team.
– A special mention to Oscar’s presence having been made on every blade of grass on the pitch. The Brazilian (not quite) was literally everywhere on the field, giving his absolute best while not on the ball. Be it making tackles, interceptions, running all the way from the opposition’s D to clear away the imminent danger and help defensively or even pressing the opposition and forcing them to commit mistakes. He did everything last night.
OSCAR: GHJB’S BEST CHELSEA PLAYER AGAINST SWANSEA CITY
At the age of a mere 23, Oscar is definitely a Chelsea supporter’s favourite. His performances this season have been spectacular, and he has led the team to victory on innumerable fixtures, if not for his goal-scoring, but also his ability of being an excellent back-tracker and pressurizer.
And so, we say goodbye to Swansea City. Next stop, Liverpool – our final immense obstacle in the way of reaching the Capital One Cup final! Hoping to see more outstanding performances individually and as a single unit from Chelsea, we resonate to you to KTBFFH!
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Edited By: Karan Dubey