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Chelsea stars impressed by Oscar impact

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Oscar was on target twice as he made his first Chelsea start in the Champions League against Juventus

Chelsea players David Luiz, Petr Cech and Jon Obi Mikel were all left mightily impressed by Brazilian talent Oscar's full debut for the club in the 2-2 Champions League draw with Juventus at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old made his first start for the club in their opening group game of the campaign, following a high-profile summer move from Internacional for a fee of around £25 million.

Oscar's impact was felt immediately in the shape of two goals in the space of three minutes in the first half, the second of which was a stunning effort.

"I think he has a great future, not only in the Chelsea team but in the national team as well. Tonight he showed who he is," Oscar's fellow Brazilian Luiz told Sky Sports News after Chelsea's draw.

"[He is a] Very talented guy and it's great for him to score two goals, because for his age he cost a lot of money and there is a lot of pressure on him," said goalkeeper Cech.

"It's great for people to see how good he can be for this football club, and I was very pleased he got his goals. He played very good football, and he plays really nice, simple football, always moving, always available and really efficient."

Midfielder Mikel was another team-mate to add his praise to the growing roll of compliments being paid.

"I think he's shown what he can do," said the Nigerian. "I think he's only going to get better.

"He's only just come into a new team so I think he'll need time to settle in, so I think with time he's just going to get so much better for this club."

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