Oscar says he requires no warning of Norwich City’s threat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Chris Hughton’s side sit 18th in the Barclays Premier League table without a win in their opening six games, but Chelsea’s new Brazilian knows we are in for no easy ride.
‘I know every team here tries hard to win every game, but this is not different from Brazil,’ said the 21-year-old, who arrived in the summer from Internacional. ‘There it is like in England, the teams at the bottom play well to win and always give you difficult games. So this is the same as I expect here.
‘We have seen it in the last four or five games, teams try hard against us but we want to win another game because we are at home and it’s what we need to do.’
So far in his short Chelsea career, Oscar has impressed with his ability on the ball and willingness to work off it.
‘I’ve been very happy to come to a big football country, an amazing city and a big club and I’m enjoying every day and playing football in England,’ he said.
‘I’m trying every day to learn more and to become a better player and I hope in the future if I continue to work hard with the right mentality, I can make better play and help Chelsea in the Premier League.
‘I’ve watched the Premier League for a long time so I knew the mentality needed, you have to work hard when you don’t have the ball, it’s different from Brazil. In Europe you have to work hard to get the ball back, and I have had a lot of support inside the club, where people have given me videos of games and things like that to help me learn the philosophy of the football here and adapt, because they know the league better than I do and what I need to do.’
Daniel Sturridge remains Chelsea’s only absentee for the game, while Norwich could be without Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington through injury.
Hughton admits Stamford Bridge is a daunting destination for his side after last week’s 5-2 home defeat to Liverpool, and has recognised a change in Chelsea’s play.
‘I think they’re a little bit more adventurous than last season, but it would be a tough task whether we were in a good run or on the back of a defeat,’ he said. ‘It’s a tough place to go, you’ve just got to make sure you set up the team the way you need to and give a good account of yourselves.
‘Certainly an inspiration for the team should be walking out at Stamford Bridge. It’s a wonderful stadium to go and apply your trade, and I’d be incredibly disappointed if there was one player in the squad who wasn’t looking forward to that challenge.’