Oscar reveals Chelsea players surprise at Corinthians intensity
Chelsea midfielder Oscar has revealed that his teammates were surprised at the energy and intensity of Corinthians during the 1-0 defeat to the Brazilian side in the Sunday’s Fifa Club World Cup final in Yokohama.
Oscar, 21, who was left on the bench for the final, admitted that while the Brazilian player’s knew what to expect, the rest of the West London side did not expect them to go so hard for the whole 90 minutes.
“Not surprisingly, no. I already knew that Corinthians would get stronger,” Oscar told reporters Globo Esporte after the game.
“It's a team that plays very well late on and I was sure it would be a tough game. We Brazilians already knew how they were going to enter, but most did not expect an opponent as hard as is usual to the end. Corinthians deserved the victory.”
Oscar also revealed that the defeat hit everyone at Chelsea hard, but the Brazilian players felt it the most.
“Everyone was very sad, mainly us Brazilians. It's never good to lose a final.”
And the former Internacional player admitted that he was disappointed not to start the final, but tried his hardest when he came on in the second half.
“You are always wanting to play. I wish I had started the game, but I did not.
“I was rooting for the team. When I walked in, we were losing. I tried to help yet it did not work, but Corinthians won on merit.”