The boy from Brazil! Michael Cox profiles Oscar in the next Football Week

at 14:27 March 19th, 2013
Soccer - International Friendly - England v Brazil - Wembley Stadium

Back in the new issue of Football Week: Zonal Marking‘s Michael Cox, running the rule over Chelsea and Brazil playmaker Oscar. Here’s a preview.

“Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior isn’t actually a classic South American number ten. With Sao Paulo and then Internacional, he initially impressed as an all-round midfielder in a much deeper role; his natural busyness and combative nature is still obvious. He’s not a languid, classic playmaker – he’s more modern, more tactical, more European.

“Therefore, managers rarely talk about Oscar’s wonderful technical ability, and instead focus on his overall contribution. “He’s complete: he marks, gets involved, scores goals and is always on the move,” said his manager at Internacional, Dorival Junior. When Oscar scored two goals on his Champions League debut against Juventus, Di Matteo spoke about something else. “Oscar’s debut was fantastic – he was tactically perfect,” said the Italian, referring to his brilliant marking job on legendary deep-lying playmaker Andrea Pirlo. Many playmakers have to be included at the expense of the overall system but Oscar can be trusted to do the unglamorous things, too.”

Get the full story in issue 8 of Football Week, out Friday. Check out Michael’s verdict on Phil Jones, too.

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