The Special One is not too impressed with Andre Schurrle or Eden Hazard either.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he has been disappointed with the form of Brazilian midfielder Oscar during the second half of the season.
Oscar started the campaign strongly. It took the 22-year-old just 13 minutes to get his first goal and he had netted nine times by the end of January.
However, he picked up a minor ankle injury in February and it seems to have dented his confidence. He has only scored twice in his last 17 outings.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I think he was our best player for months, from August to November or December. He was absolutely fantastic. And after that he was up and down.
“He arrived in the crucial moment of the season in a down. Injuries, couldn’t train, was trying to arrive to the game but didn’t, was a doubt for the game, the game was too big to play with a doubtful player, so he arrived in the crucial moment of the season in a low.
“I can imagine, in a couple of weeks, he will be in a high and during the World Cup he will be in a high.”
When asked whether he thought that Oscar’s mind was already on the World Cup, Mourinho added: “There are things you can’t resolve.”
Oscar has been capped 29 times by Brazil at senior international level, scoring nine goals for the South American nation.
Mourinho’s criticism of Oscar comes just days after the Portuguese accused winger Eden Hazard of not being prepared to “sacrifice himself for the team”.
The Special One has not been overly impressed with Andre Schurrle either.
However, Mourinho says that summer signing Willian has made excellent progress this season.
He added: “Willian has improved. But you can’t succeed with everybody. At the end of the day, it’s up to them. You try to help, but it’s up to them.
“You can help to build them. I’m not saying I’m going to succeed with every one of them. But, for example, I have Dr Biosca, who was the doctor in Shakhtar Donetsk for many years with Willian, and he says he doesn’t recognise Willian: the professional, the player, the commitment, the ambition.
“The only thing he recognises is the talent because he has improved. You can’t succeed with everybody. You try to help, but it’s up to them. Every one who is in an age of improvement needs to improve.
“You can’t improve John Terry, Ashley Cole. If you keep them in the position where they are, it’s fantastic. All of the others have to improve.
“Has Andre Schurrle had a good season? Not bad, but next season must be better. Mohamed Salah, Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard – all of them are in an age of improvement.”
Chelsea will go top of the Premier League table if they beat Norwich City at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
However, the Blues are considered big underdogs to win the title, as Manchester City and Liverpool will both have a game in hand on Mourinho’s men after the match at Stamford Bridge.
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