Chelsea’s Brazil international midfielder Oscar has insisted that Rafael Benitez’s side are ready for what he believes will be a crucial period of four games in little more than a week, according to Sky
The Blues play four games in nine days starting this weekend with a trip to Southampton in the Premier League followed by the FA Cup quarter-final replay at Stamford Bridge against Manchester United, with the winners playing Manchester City at Wembley. Just a few days after meeting United, Chelsea host Rubin Kazan in the Europa League and then the following Sunday, play Sunderland in a return to league action.
April continues to be a hectic month even after the next week or so for Chelsea, with five games at least to come – one more if they beat United in the cup and have to schedule an FA Cup semi-final too, while the run also includes the long trip to Russia to play Rubin in the return leg.
Oscar however does not want to rate one game as more important than other, stressing that every match has something riding on it at this point in the season – and that a club like Chelsea has to expect a crowded end to the season if they want to win trophies.
“There are so many games at the moment, and all of them are important,” Oscar said, adding: “We have Southampton first and then Manchester United 48 hours later. But that is the way it always is at a club like Chelsea. We always have a lot of games, though maybe four in a week – as we have this week – is a bit different.
“We have to play and rest as best we can. It is a week that could be really important for our season. We have games in all three remaining competitions, but we’re not thinking that one could be more important than the other.
“ We want to win all of the games and we want to do as well as we can in all the competitions. We won’t sacrifice one for the others,” the 21-year-old said.
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