Sep 19 2012 By Yann Tear
ROBERTO Di Matteo hailed Oscar's performance on his first start for Chelsea – but admitted to feeling 'deflated' that his side gave up a commanding position against Juventus.
The Blues were pegged back to 2-2 after a double from the Brazilian – the second of which was a real work of art and had fans comparing it to Gianfranco Zola's stylish FA Cup semi-final goal against Wimbledon 15 years ago.
“I think it was a great debut for Oscar,” said the Chelsea boss.
“I thought it was the right game to start him and he did a perfect job tactically and scored two goals. The second one was a wonderful goal.
“He's been mostly away with his national team and we need a bit of time to work with him but he was perfect today with the tactical information we gave him and it's great to see that we have a player like that in our ranks.
“He's got a little bit of everything. You forget that he's still a young man, but he's already quite established with the Brazilian national team, which is very difficult. We are very lucky to have him in our team.”
Reflecting on the loss of a 2-0 lead, the Italian was a little less cheerful.
“We feel disappointed and a little bit deflated,” he said. “We found ourselves in a fantastic position to win this game and came away only with a draw. They are always dangerous and have a lot of quality, but we should have closed the game out.
“I think we should have dealt with their second goal a little bit better. There was no pressure on the ball. We lost possession just before hand and we should have reacted much quicker to losing the ball than we did.”