Oscar’s superbly struck opening goal in the derby win over Queens Park Rangers received widespread admiration although speaking after the match, the Brazilian was keen for praise to also be directed towards the supplier of the preceding pass.
Once again the ball that led to the goal was from Cesc Fabregas, his ninth league assist this season according to Premier League statistics, which is two more than from any other player. Oscar dispatched it across Rangers’ keeper Rob Green and into the far side of the net with a sumptuous contact from the outside of his boot.
‘Cesc gave a beautiful pass to me. It was perfect for shooting and when the ball came I decided now, I need to shoot,’ said Oscar soon after the game.
‘I don’t know if it is my best goal, I need to see it again, but it was a nice goal.
‘Cesc helps the team so much,’ he continued, ‘not just with the assists but in a game he helps everyone, with beautiful passes like the one for me in this game. He has come in this year and played so well and I like playing together with him.
‘Last year the team was strong but this year the team plays so well and plays every game to win, and this is important for us.’
Oscar’s fellow goalscorer on Saturday, Eden Hazard, added his thoughts on the Brazilian’s strike.
‘Sometimes this guy can score a beautiful goal – the free-kick against Crystal Palace, this one against QPR,’ said the winger. ‘He is a very good player and his shooting is very good.
‘The game was really difficult, QPR played very well defensively and they had a chance and scored a goal, but after we could come back into the game and win.
‘The most important thing was to take three points. Sometimes you cannot play well but we stay top of the league.’