Until Wednesday night Chelsea fans were still somewhat in the dark about why their club splashed £25m on 20-year-old midfielder Oscar. Then, against Juventus, they were enlightened.
Oscar, signed from Internacional in the summer, received his Chelsea Champions League debut in the Pensioners’ first European match since they collected Big Ears, and immediately the starlet showed Stamford Bridge his qualities.
Well, immediately isn’t quite true. As reported by the Guardian:
In the first quarter of the game he looked like a young foal finding his legs. It seemed he was in for a tough introduction against a defensive collective as drilled as Juventus. Spaces were closed, avenues blocked, and Oscar’s touches were not quite coming off.
On the half hour mark however, Oscar lived-up to his golden name with two golazos inside three minutes.
In the 31st minute Oscar was blessed with an element of luck as his 23-yard daisycutter deflected off of Bonucci’s boot and out of Buffon’s reach. Minutes later however, Oscar established himself as an instant Chelsea legend as, after a superb first touch, he curled a stunner into the far top corner that took the roof off the stadium.
Oscar was withdrawn in the 74th minute after he received a crunching tackle from Leonardo Bonucci. That left Roberto Di Matteo with something to grumble about as the Blues’ boss felt his side deserved a penalty which was never awarded.
Overall Oscar’s debut performance was first rate, and perhaps his crowning achievement of the night was the fact that he kept Andrea Pirlo silent for most of the match.