What has hurt Chelsea the most – Dip in form for Hazard or the absence of Oscar?

shashi / 10 September 2015

Chelsea has looked mere shadow for the team who won the league last season. Jose Mourinho’s team has been constantly looking to fight issues which are completely not concerning the matters on the pitch.

John Terry’s red card, Eva Carneiro’s debacle coupled with Eden Hazard’s inconsistent form has led the blues stuttering at 13th position in the league after 4 games. While these issues continue to bug the Stamford Bridge faith-fulls one crucial issue which have been overlooked is Oscar’s absence from the starting XI.

The Brazilian was splendid last season by operating in the number 10 role and allowing the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard to express themselves and create chances for Diego Costa to score, However with the injury to Oscar, Chelsea deployed Fabregas in his position and fair to say that the Spaniard has flopped his lines and does not look the same player which he was last season.

Last season it seemed like, Fabregas was making assists with his eyes closed, however, having been asked to play in the number 10 role, he has not liked the less time over the ball and having to make crucial judgments in quick span of time. Oscar is a completely different player who dodge the defenders with ease and can create a chance out of nothing.

Chelsea needs their Brazilian playmaker to be back in starting XI and allow Fabregas to play in his more familiar deep-lying playmaker and that could save Chelsea from further embarrassments this season. 

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