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Oscar: Why Chelsea Youngster Has Been Star of the Champions League
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Since his transfer to Chelsea this past summer worth approximately £25million, much has been written about the Brazilian youngster. Many felt that he would struggle to adapt his game from the Brazilian Serie A to the more physical English Premier League due to the different challenges presented and his waif-like build.

Having been compared to compatriot Kaka and German star Mesut Ozil, coupled with the fact he inherited the number 11 shirt from the Champions League winner and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, Oscar had a heavy weight of expectation on his shoulders after arriving at Stamford Bridge.

In need of a rest following a magnificent performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games, he started his first Premier League games from the bench. After being handed his full debut against Juventus in the Champions League, the young star immediately impressed, scoring both Chelsea goals—the second of which could make grown men weep with its beauty.

After such a sensational start, Oscar cemented his place in the attacking midfield three, joining Eden Hazard and Juan Mata. The trio link up wonderfully and play some very aesthetically pleasing football, appearing to have an almost telepathic awareness of each others' positions on the pitch.

Whilst Oscar has helped in the creation of several goals for Chelsea in the Premier League, he has been brighter in the Champions League.  Following his goal against Shakhtar Donetsk, Mario Balotelli tweeted "Oscar: Face like a baby, foot like a cannon."

That reason, and the five that follow in this video slideshow, are why he will be the star of this season's UEFA Champions League.

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