Oscar tells Chelsea to forget Basel defeat ahead of crunch clash
Oscar calls on Chelsea to put their surprise home defeat by Basel behind them by securing a vital win at Steaua Bucharest
Oscar has called on Chelsea to put their surprise home defeat by Basel behind them by securing a vital Champions League win at Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday.
The Swiss side came from behind to beat Jose Mourinho’s men at Stamford Bridge in their group-stage opener a fortnight ago – and the Brazil international knows the Blues must make amends in Romania.
“The result against Basel has made the game against Steaua even more significant,” Oscar told Chelsea’s website.
“It’s a very important game for us, we need to make sure we get three points in order to get back up the table and help us with qualification from the group stages.
“At least it was the first game in the competition, we now need to put it behind us and look ahead.
“It’s crucial that we put in a massive effort because the remaining games in the group are now so important. For now, we must just focus on Bucharest and hopefully getting a good result.”
The 22-year-old scored the opener against Basel before the Blues were pegged back, with Oscar having netted three goals in all competitions this season.
And the Brazilian admits he is at a loss to explain why he has been so prolific in the Champions League since joining Chelsea after notching up seven strikes in Europe’s elite club competition.
“Last year it’s true that I scored more goals in the Champions League than in the Premier League, but so far this year I’ve scored two in the Premier League and one in the Champions League,” he continued.
“I’m just happy that things are going well for me on a personal level and I hope I can continue to perform at a high level and score goals, but the most important thing for everybody is that the team win matches.”
Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea: Pre-match facts
• Steaua are the only Romanian club to have triumphed in Europe, winning the European Champion Clubs’ Cup in 1985-86 by defeating Barcelona in a penalty shoot-out.
• Steaua have conceded 346 goals in Uefa competition.
• Ramires returns from a one-game ban following his red card in the Uefa Super Cup loss to Bayern Munich.
• Chelsea have 11 points from six games this season, as they had in September 2007 when Jose Mourinho’s first spell at Stamford Bridge ended.