Oscar hails Mourinho influence

first_img “I am ambitious for this season and I am happy with the way things are going for me at the moment. We have started well and I want to make sure that this is a big year, a year in which Chelsea win titles.” Having been named in Mourinho’s starting XI for the opening four games, Oscar will be in the best position to achieve his ambitions over the course of the current campaign. The same could not be said for his Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata as the club’s player of the year for 2012/13 continues to struggle to find a place in Mourinho’s side. Having yet to make a start, it was expected the Spaniard could secure a move away from Stamford Bridge in the transfer window, with Arsenal and Paris St Germain reportedly interested in the 25-year-old. But he remains a Chelsea player and will continue to challenge the likes of Oscar for a place in Mourinho’s team as the returning boss looks to bring more silverware to west London. Former Internacional man Oscar is looking to build on an impressive first season in English football and believes he will benefit from the managerial prowess of Mourinho. “It’s been great to work with Jose Mourinho,” he told the club’s official magazine, Chelsea FC. “He is one of the best coaches in the world. We have seen he has already had a lot of success at Chelsea and I am just really happy to have the opportunity to work with him. “You can already see the influence he has had on us during the first few games and I hope the team will be able to continue to grow under him as I will also be able to grow as a player. “As early as pre-season we could see the belief with which he works. We could see the confidence he has with us as players but also the confidence within his own work. It is clear to us that he is a great coach.” Oscar, who is likely to feature in Brazil’s upcoming friendlies against Australia and Portugal, played in Chelsea’s 2-1 Europa League final success against Benfica at the end of last season and has the taste for more success this year, with personal targets also in place. “It’s all down to confidence,” he said. “I feel a lot more confident this year and I am sure that I am going to score a lot more goals. Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been quick to praise the work done by Jose Mourinho since the Portuguese returned to Stamford Bridge for a second spell in charge. The 21-year-old Brazil international has started all four of the Blues’ matches so far this season, scoring in their opening Barclays Premier League fixture at home to Hull. Mourinho has seemingly put his faith in Oscar despite signing the likes of Marco van Ginkel, Andre Schurrle and Willian, with Kevin De Bruyne also returning to the club after a spell out on loan. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wisconsin deflates Hoosiers in second half, rolls to fifth straight win

first_imgIn what was a tale of two halves, the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team dominated the final 20 minutes of the game Tuesday night at the Kohl Center on their way to a 92-78 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.Wisconsin (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) opened the game on a 9-0 run, but Indiana (16-7, 6-4 Big Ten) was able to counter with a 13-2 run of their own that put them up 13-11. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, that was the last time they would see a lead Tuesday night, as the Badgers countered with a 13-3 run that Indiana never seemed able to recover from.The game still remained fairly close throughout the rest of the first half, however. Both teams shot well in the period, with Wisconsin shooting 68 percent (17-for-25) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-for-6) from three, while Indiana shot 56 percent (14-for-25) and 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from three. Wisconsin also shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line while Indiana did not attempt a free throw in the first half.Wisconsin was able to put the game away in the second half by means of a 15-1 run in the first five minutes and a 27-6 run in the first eight minutes of the period, getting the lead up to as much as 32.“With the way they shot and got themselves back into the game, if we don’t have that lead who knows what happens,” senior forward Frank Kaminsky said.Ultimately, it came down to Wisconsin improving on the defensive end in the second half and not allowing Indiana to shoot the ball from behind the arc with the same kind of rhythm they had in the first half.“We did not change anything we were doing defensively,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “It’s just that they got into a rhythm where they felt real comfortable with their threes [in the first half].”Just as UW’s defensive mindset stayed the same, so did that of their offense. The Badgers dominated undersized Indiana down low all game, outscoring the Hoosiers 24-8 in the paint in the first half and 40-24 overall.Wisconsin made sure to take advantage of all the mismatches they had down low, as there were even times where Indiana junior guard Yogi Ferrell, whose height is listed at six feet, would find himself guarding the seven-foot Kaminsky on the block.“Most of our offense ran through the post tonight,” Kaminsky said. “When we had the size advantage we knew we had to take advantage of it. I think we did a good job feeding the post.”Kaminsky, who scored a game-high 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting and also grabbed six rebounds, led the strong effort inside for the Badgers.“[Kaminsky] is smart enough and agile enough and a student enough to be able to recognize some things, and his teammates have done a good job of recognizing how to get the ball into him,” Ryan said. “He has to be a part of the offense and he has been all year.”While Wisconsin appeared to be in full control of the game in the second half, with more than seven minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers up 25, the Hoosiers decided to make one final push.Over the next two minutes of the game, Wisconsin appeared to relax a bit while Indiana refused to go away, hitting three shots from behind the arc en route to a 13-2 run that brought them within 12.With five minutes remaining, it seemed as though Indiana was going to make one final run at it, but Kaminsky had other plans, scoring the next 6 points for the Badgers, and Wisconsin wouldn’t let the Hoosiers creep any closer.“We might of stepped off the gas a little bit and kind of relaxed and they took advantage of it, but we were able to give ourselves a huge cushion that whatever they did would’ve been really hard to come back from,” Kaminsky said.Following Kaminsky’s effort were four other Wisconsin starters in sophomore forward Nigel Hayes (16), sophomore guard Bronson Koenig (15), junior forward Sam Dekker (14) and redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser (11) who all scored in double figures.Off the bench, it was redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter who provided a spark for the Badgers, scoring a career-high 9 points off three-and-one layups. Showalter came into the game early in the second half after Gasser picked up his third personal foul and was able to take full advantage of his opportunity.“I just kind of bring energy like I always do,” Showalter said. “Frank and Nigel seemed to be open every time I touched the ball so I was just trying to hit those guys. It felt good to be out there, and I had some good flashbacks of this action.”With their total team effort, Wisconsin was able to put up their second highest scoring mark of the season and now have a two-game lead over four other teams in the Big Ten standings.Wisconsin will stay at home for its next game when it takes the court Saturday against Northwestern. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.last_img read more