Today has been a busy and successful day for a certain couple of Chelsea players in the 2012 London Olympic games.
Our new Brazilian wonder kid Oscar Dos Santos ran the show for Brazil in their 3-1 victory of Belarus. Oscar, who is somewhat seeming a bargain when you compare him to the £20 million that Liverpool paid for Jordan Henderson, even managed to get on the score sheet, side footing home the third after finding himself through on goal after good work from Neymar.
The boy can do everything, he pulls the strings in this Brazil team, and even keeps £32 million rated Manchester United target Lucas Moura firmly sat in his seat on the bench.
Chelsea will now need to work on attacking at pace and quick thinking, so that they can get the best out of Oscar, who needs to be attacking just like that to gain his full potential.
Twitter has been blowing up with Oscar related tweets from excited Chelsea supporters this afternoon, and rightly so, he is a real gem and today he re-iterated the solid fact that we have got ourselves a very special player here. I for one am not surprised that he’s finally hit the lime light, after scouting him for years now, I saw his potential from when he was 16 years old. He’s really matured and grown into one of the best all round midfield players in the world.
Meanwhile, over at Wembley, there was misery for Chelsea pair Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand, who were both left on the bench by Stuart Pearce for Team GB’s match against UAE. The decision was very harsh on Ryan, who had played well so far and didn’t deserve to be dropped to the bench. Sturridge I can understand, he had only recently recovered from meningitis and didn’t look fit at all.
Pearce then surprisingly decided to bring Sturridge on at half time after GB were winning 1-0, replacing an impressive Sordell. An interesting decision that baffled everyone, but the supporters soon realised why. Within minutes Daniel Sturridge showed everyone that he had got his turn of pace back, and was kicking in to full fitness again as he burst on to a through ball with a great turn. Nothing came of this one, but he looked lively, strong, and very comfortable in that centre forward role.
With Team GB looking likely to throw away another lead being 2-1 up after Scott Sinclair scored, Daniel Sturridge showed the world why he claims he should play as a centre forward. He used his pace to beat two defenders latching on to a through ball, holding them off as he hit a lob shot over the keepers head and into the net. It was a sublime finish from the Chelsea man. He looked as if he had been playing as a centre forward all his life, and if you ask him, he has been.
So do we still need to search for a back-up striker for Torres? No, in my opinion, I believe we have an ever ready and fully capable replacement right here in the shape of Daniel Sturridge. And no, before the sceptics jump on me, I’m not basing this on one game; I’ve been one of the supporters that have said this all year long.
Simon Phillips – News Editor
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