Former Chelsea star midfielder, Oscar has revealed why he believes ex-team-mates, Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah didn’t make it at Chelsea but have gone on to have successful careers at Manchester City and Liverpool.
Oscar featured for Chelsea from 2012 to 2017 after making the move to Stamford Bridge from Internacional. He scored 38 goals during his time at the club before moving to China .
During his time with Chelsea, Oscar played alongside both De Bruyne and Salah, who were later sold by the club.
De Bruyne won the Premier League with Manchester City and is arguably the best midfielder in England, while Salah has helped Liverpool to win Champions League and premier league.
De Bruyne also won the Premier League Player of the Season in 2019-20 while
Salah has scored 113 goals in 180 games for Liverpool, finishing third in FIFA’s Best Men’s Player voting in 2018.
Oscar has now come out to state what he thinks is the reason both players couldn’t become stars under Jose Mourinho.
“De Bruyne even gave me an assist,” Oscar told Yellow and Green Football. “There was a formation where [Eden] Hazard, De Bruyne and I played in midfield and it worked well. He only had a few chances, played well but then got injured. I guess that not being consistent at a club that had many options in the centre of the park meant he was not a good fit at the time.
“With Salah, it was different. He was unstoppable during practice, but always shy and quiet off the field. During the games, I guess he did not have the confidence that we saw at every club he played for after Chelsea, and especially now at Liverpool.”
He added: “Sometimes players don’t feel comfortable with that pressure. I liked it because it made me better.
“Mourinho helped me a lot and he is one of the best coaches in the world. He gives a lot of confidence to his players, but also wants to see them perform at the level of that trust.”