Oscar unburdened by expectation

The 20-year-old took part his first training session at the

Blues’ Cobham headquarters on Friday, having finally linked up with

his new team-mates after spending the past few weeks on

international duty.

A ?25million price tag means big things will be expected of

Oscar but he told his new club’s official website: “I hope I won’t

feel any pressure – I am not feeling it at the moment.

“Back in Brazil, when I broke into the national team, people

were asking the same question, did I feel pressure at being the

number 10 of the team, the new star? But I didn’t feel pressure. I

think it will be similar here.

“I am coming into a great team but I feel I can cope with

it.”

Oscar was similarly relaxed about inheriting the number 11

jersey vacated by the iconic Didier Drogba.

“I understand the importance of this number to Chelsea,” he

added.

“In Brazil, it is the number 10, but here the 11 is a very

important number and I just hope that I can do it justice.”

Manager Roberto Di Matteo today revealed he was considering

throwing Oscar in at the deep end in Sunday’s Barclays Premier

League opener at Wigan.

Oscar said: “I am really happy that the manager is already

thinking of me and putting me in his plans.

“I feel I could do well if I am called upon on Sunday because I

have been playing regular games and am in a good rhythm. I am ready

to go.”

Oscar, who has been taken under the wing of fellow Brazil star

David Luiz, added: “I am hoping it will not take too long to

adapt.

“There is a multinational team here with other Brazilians and

Latin players, not just an English team or league, so they will

help me through their past experiences and so I hope it won’t be

too much of a problem.”

Oscar is expected to play in a three-man attacking midfield

behind a central striker.

He said: “In Brazil, there is a different type of football, but

I think I am seen as an elegant type of ball player, who is

creating for other people.

“I may need to change a little bit over here, but I see myself

as that sort of a player who can hopefully make a difference to the

team.”