OSCAR: FRIENDS AS FOES

Posted on: Wed 06 Feb 2013

Brazil take on England at Wembley tonight for the first time since 2007, and Oscar is relishing the opportunity to lock horns with some familiar faces.

The 21-year-old, who made his Brazil debut in a 0-0 draw against Argentina back in 2011, has enjoyed a solid start to his Stamford Bridge career, catching the eye with a number of intelligent displays, and he is confident both teams will make it a night to remember for the supporters.

'It will be a wonderful, historic game,' said Oscar. 'I've played once before at Wembley, it's a beautiful stadium, and I hope that this match with Brazil will be a wonderful game for the English fans.

'It will be very difficult, our team isn't playing qualifying matches but we're preparing for the World Cup. England are playing European qualifiers, therefore it will be a great match.'

Tonight's game marks the beginning of a new era for Brazil, with former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari taking charge for the first time since replacing Mario Menezes in November, his second spell at the helm after guiding them to World Cup success back in 2002 during his previous reign.

The last time the two teams met at Wembley, John Terry scored England's goal in a 1-1 draw, but while the Chelsea skipper announced his retirement from international football last year, the Blues remain well represented in Roy Hodgson's squad.

'It will be a great experience to play against England and my Chelsea team-mates, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill,' he said.

'For me, Lampard is a player I've watched since I was little, and he's one of England's great players. I'm lucky to actually play with him on a daily basis and Brazil will now play England at Wembley.'

The match, which has been arranged to mark the start of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations, will be the second occasion on which Oscar has played at the English national stadium.

Shortly after completing his switch to the Blues last summer, the youngster starred as Brazil reached the final of the Olympic football competition.

Sadly, however, a 2-1 defeat against Mexico saw the tournament favourites head home with only a silver medal, a result which makes him all the more determined to finish on the winning side this evening.

'I played there once with Brazil during the Olympics. My team didn't win, so I hope this time against England we can win.

'It will be really cool for me, David Luiz and Ramires to play against England, and it will be great for Chelsea fans to see the game.'

Brazil are also playing at Stamford Bridge, taking on Russia on Monday 25 March. Click for tickets.