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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Benitez: No issues with Oscar

ESPN staff

Rafael Benitez is confident Oscar has a bright future at Chelsea and insists there are no problems with the Brazilian after dropping him for the Club World Cup final.

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Oscar publicly expressed his frustration at playing a cameo role in the 1-0 defeat to Corinthians, the Brazil international coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute for Victor Moses.

But despite Oscar's irritations, Benitez insists there are no issues and the player understands the need for the Spaniard to manage his squad.

"I asked him later on and was asking David Luiz whether something was lost in translation [regarding Oscar's unhappiness], but it was fine," Benitez said. "Oscar is a very good lad and a professional. His reaction has been very positive.

"If you analyse, the problem we had is playing with 11 players in the majority of games and we had to change this. We can't carry on playing the same players.

"Oscar is a new player in the Premier League and we are trying to manage these players because we have a lot like [Juan] Mata, [Eden] Hazard to do the same job. It's good for me to have this. No issues, no problems. He will have lots of minutes. I'm sure he will have a great future at this club."

After flying home from Japan, Chelsea return to domestic duties on Wednesday as they travel to Elland Road in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals. Leeds boss Neil Warnock is relishing the chance to take on the European champions.

"Win or lose, it will be a great night,'' Warnock said. "The whole eyes of the country will be on it because there is nothing else on. We are taking on one of the top three clubs in country and we want to show what a good team we are. I don't think there will be any moments where you fall asleep watching this game."




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