Oscar: CWC win can reignite Chelsea

Chelsea playmaker Oscar believes his side can rescue their faltering season if they win the Club World Cup competition in Japan.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Oscar and his club team-mates arrived in Japan on Sunday to prepare for their upcoming adventure in the Club World Cup, a competition pitting the champion clubs from all six continental confederations against each other.

Chelsea have been nothing short of woeful in recent times; the Blues are 10 points adrift the top of the Premier League table and were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League, becoming the first European title holders to have their title defence ended in the group stage.

However, Oscar is hopeful his side can regain their confidence by winning the Club World Cup and be able to kickstart their season from there on.

"If we win, it is going to give us so much more confidence and strength for the rest of the season," Oscar was quoted as saying by the Sun.

"I do hope we are able to make it to the final and face Corinthians. That would be great.

"This is a very important competition for all the teams in the world now."

The Brazil international also revealed what a big deal the competition was to the South American teams.

"It has always been big in South America, even in the days when it was the Intercontinental Cup," Oscar added.

"In Brazil, it has always been seen as the one opportunity for our clubs to play against one of the big European teams and show their football to the world.

"When it became the Club World Cup, I think the world outside Europe started to take it seriously because it was the only way they could test themselves against the best.

"The South American teams have always taken this competition seriously, but the European teams have won the last five times and this is a trend we hope to continue."

Chelsea will play their first game of the tournament against Monterrey.

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