Brazilian midfielder Oscar is enjoying working with Jose Mourinho and believes the Portuguese manager will help improve him as a player and we’ve already seen signs of this.
The 21-year-old faces a bit more competition for places with the summer arrivals and loan returnees than he did last season but has started all four of Chelsea’s matches this year.
Oscar told Chelsea’s official magazine:
“It’s been great to work with Jose Mourinho.
“He is one of the best coaches in the world. We have seen he has already had a lot of success at Chelsea and I am just really happy to have the opportunity to work with him.
“You can already see the influence he has had on us during the first few games and I hope the team will be able to continue to grow under him as I will also be able to grow as a player.
“As early as pre-season we could see the belief with which he works. We could see the confidence he has with us as players but also the confidence within his own work. It is clear to us that he is a great coach.”
He also wants to add more goals to his game this season:
“It’s all down to confidence. I feel a lot more confident this year and I am sure that I am going to score a lot more goals.
“I am ambitious for this season and I am happy with the way things are going for me at the moment. We have started well and I want to make sure that this is a big year, a year in which Chelsea win titles.”
We’re fairly used to seeing players heap praise on managers like Mourinho and almost all of the squad have spoken positively about the manager at some point this summer so it’s fairly standard stuff, only in Oscar’s case there are some obvious changes to his approach despite it being so early in the season.
Last season he did a lot of good things and his potential was obvious to all but he was often guilty of fading in and out of games. This wasn’t always his fault as he was still adjusting to a new environment but he had a tendency to trot around a fair which made him look a little lazy. Already this season his work-rate has upped significantly, he doesn’t stop, and it’s obvious to me that Mourinho has instilled this in him as he would have noticed better than anyone that Oscar could be doing more work for the team.
Mourinho isn’t often spoken about as a developer of raw young talent and he’ll have to prove he can do this in the long-term for Chelsea but he has a knack of turning already good players into great ones and the Special One seems to be a fan of Oscar. We have seen many changes this season as we’re looking more organised in defence and there’s a better feeling amongst the supporters with a man they trust at the helm, but the biggest change in any individual so far has been Oscar.