Mourinho explains Oscar preference
Chelsea manager José Mourinho has explained his reasoning for preferring Oscar to Juan Manuel Mata as his ‘number ten’.
The Brazilian started and scored in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Fulham on Saturday, while Mata was completely excluded from the 18-man match-day squad.
"The evolution of the team is that I want Oscar and Mata to play together," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "I want that but for that (to happen) one has to adapt and to work to a certain way of play because I am not ready to change Oscar's position.
"Oscar as a number 10 is a player that gives us creativity, but at the same time when we press up, Oscar is a runner, a player capable of pressing. We have our ideas and we stick with our ideas.
"Juan has to learn to play the way I want to play. He has to be more consistent, has to participate more when the team loses the ball. It's not his fault, it's just the consequence of the way he has played in the last years."
Oscar, who Chelsea signed from Internacional for £19.35 million last summer, has started four of The Blues five Premier League games this season, netting two goals. Mata, in comparison, has been selected from the start just twice and was subbed before 70 minutes in both of those appearances.