Former Chelsea star midfielder, Oscar has revealed why he thinks, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah failed to make it at Chelsea.
The pair have gone on to become worldclass stars at Manchester City and Liverpool, after they failed to hit top gear with the London side.
Oscar who played alongside both De Bruyne and Salah while at Chelsea has now come out to state what he thinks is the reason both players couldn’t become stars under Jose Mourinho.
“De Bruyne even gave me an assist,” Oscar told Yellow and Green Football. “There was a formation where [Eden] Hazard, De Bruyne and I played in midfield and it worked well. He only had a few chances, played well but then got injured. I guess that not being consistent at a club that had many options in the centre of the park meant he was not a good fit at the time.
“With Salah, it was different. He was unstoppable during practice, but always shy and quiet off the field. During the games, I guess he did not have the confidence that we saw at every club he played for after Chelsea, and especially now at Liverpool.”
“Sometimes players don’t feel comfortable with that pressure. I liked it because it made me better.
“Mourinho helped me a lot and he is one of the best coaches in the world. He gives a lot of confidence to his players, but also wants to see them perform at the level of that trust.”
Messi breaks Barcelona appearance record, scores twice to celebrate
Lionel Messi celebrated a record-breaking 768th appearance for Barcelona with two goals as the Spanish giants thrashed Real Sociedad 6-1 in La Liga.
The king of the Nou Camp will become a free agent this summer when his contract expires, but his statistics for the famous club may never be beaten.
The 33-year-old only drew level with former team-mate, Xavi, during the week.
Messi has now claimed the outright record, after he started against Real Sociedad marking his 768th for the club.
He had surpassed Xavi earlier in the season on Barca’s list of appearance-makers in La Liga alone.
But the game against Real Sociedad takes him to the top of matches played in all competitions.
Of the previous 767 games, Messi’s record stands at won 536, drawn 140 and lost 91.
Less than three months into 2021, Messi has already scored 15 goals in the 12 games he has played. And with another El Clasico on the horizon following the international break, the playmaker will be looking to top up his tally of 26 goals in all competitions against rivals Real Madrid – the most any player has scored in the fixture.
You know you can’t leave’ – Laporta to Messi
New Barcelona president Joan Laporta has made a direct plea to Lionel Messi to stay at he Spanish side as he celebrated his inauguration.
Laporta and Messi, who were both part of Barca’s golden age in the first decade of the 21st century, were pictured embracing prior to the new president’s speech.
And a significant part of the address was aimed directly at the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, who last summer demanded predecessor Josep Bartomeu let him leave.
“In our first spell we had the best players in Barca history, but if we were successful it was because we had stability,” Laporta explained.
“It is Barcelona’s unity which gives you stability and I invite everyone at Barcelona to think about what they can do for Barca.
“I am here to make decisions, like convincing Leo to carry on, taking advantage of the fact that he is here. He knows that.
“You know the affection I hold for you and we will do whatever it takes to keep you here. You know you cannot leave, Leo.
“We will not be able to do it alone. As our anthem says, we are strong all together. More so in these most difficult times. We know how to do it.
“When the pandemic is over our revenue will return. That will be fixed. There will be strong leadership, because I am well-accompanied. We will make decisions. To defend the club you have to live and breathe it and we do that as much as possible.”
Timo Werner to leave Chelsea FC
Chelsea striker, Timo Werner, will leave the club at the end of this season, Football Insider reports.
He has had a bumpy start to his Chelsea career with goals hard to come by for the Germany international.
Werner arrived at Stamford Bridge from RB Leipzig last summer with a reputation as one of Europe’s most prolific strikers following an impressive campaign.
He scored an impressive 34 goals for the Bundesliga outfit in all competitions last term and was expected to set the Premier League alight while taking the Blues from pretenders to contenders.
But he has scored only five times in the Premier League in 27 appearances.
The Germany international has improved slightly after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January.
This past week, he was heard being berated by Tuchel from the touch-line for his positioning.
It is now believed Werner could consider leaving the Blues after this season.