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Oscar began the World Cup with a strong performance in Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Croatia, but he has failed to make a significant contribution to their attacking play in subsequent matches.
The Chelsea man was one of Brazil’s most impressive players during their Confederations Cup triumph last year. He excelled as the central attacking midfielder, but he has been shunted out to the right flank during the World Cup to allow Neymar to play in the centre.
With Neymar injured, Oscar could get a chance to prove his worth in his favoured position on Tuesday
Philipp Lahm played at the base of the midfield in Germany’s first four matches of the tournament before reverting to right-back against France in the quarter-finals. Bastian Schweinsteiger stepped into the defensive-midfield role for that match and could do so again against Brazil.
It is a role of paramount importance in a Germany side for whom possession acts as a means of both control and attack. Per WhoScored.com, only Spain and Argentina have recorded a greater average share of possession than Germany during the World Cup to date.
Oscar has shown himself capable of doing competent spoiling jobs on deep-lying playmakers in the past and is likely to be given a similar brief on Tuesday.
He must, however, avoid getting bogged down in his defensive duties and ensure that he provides an attacking outlet. If not, Brazil will be decidedly lacking in inspiration.