Oscar had fallen to fourth choice in the Chelsea attacking midfielder pecking order in recent times, but following Pedro's injury just a few minutes into Saturday's game at Southampton, Chelsea's
no.10 no.8 was pressed into significant action, reuniting last season's title-winning attacking group of Hazard-Oscar-Willian supporting the Fàbregas-Costa axis. While Oscar looked well below his best, eventually Chelsea did manage to come back and win. We just needed a bit of luck, a bit of skill, and a bit of belief.
"Because we have started to win the games, the confidence comes now. When you lose a lot of games, like at the start of the season, we don't have confidence. Now we play well, we start to win the games and every player has a lot of confidence. It's difficult because every season we play to win the titles and now we try to go up the table."
"I think everyone is very happy because today is a difficult game and we don't start the game well. Southampton scored the first goal but we come to the second half and play well and score two goals. We have to control the game and [we made] one mistake, but you need to come to the second half and try to win the game. We had a little bit of luck but we played well and we deserved this."
-Oscar; source: FourFourTwo
With Pedro set to miss at least a week or two, Oscar is likely to make his first start in five games on Tuesday against Norwich City. We will need our third leading scorer to step up and show his qualities once again.