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World Cup might be distraction for Oscar, admits Mourinho

World Cup might be distraction for Oscar, admits Mourinho

The Brazilian's form has tailed off sharply in the second half of the season and his manager feels the prospect of playing in this summer's tournament may be a factor

Jose Mourinho has suggested Oscar's decline in form for Chelsea might be due to the World Cup.

Oscar ousted Juan Mata as the Blues' preferred No.10 at the start of the season but has found himself on the periphery in recent weeks, not starting either leg of the Champions League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid.

Mourinho admits the Brazilian's performances have dipped sharply but believes he may well re-find his best form for the World Cup, which is being staged in the attacking midfielder's homeland this summer.

"There are things you can't resolve," the Portuguese admitted. "He was our best player for months, from August to December. He was absolutely fantastic. After that he's been up and down.

"He was up and down, trying to arrive in a game but not managing it, or being a doubt when the game was too big for a doubtful player. So he arrived in the crucial moment of the season in a low.

"I can imagine, in a couple of weeks, he will be in a high and during the World Cup he will be in a high."

Having also criticised Eden Hazard this week, Mourinho insists all of Chelsea's younger players must stay focused on improving their game if they are to succeed at Stamford Bridge. 

"You can't succeed with everybody," he added. "You try to help but it's up to them. Every one who is in an age of improvement needs to improve.

"You can't improve John Terry, Ashley Cole. If you keep them in the position where they are, it's fantastic.

"All of the others have to improve. Has Andre Schurrle had a good season? Not bad but next season must be better. Mohamed Salah, Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard … all of them are in an age of improvement."

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