Oscar's 27th-minute free kick was all Chelsea needed to move past Stoke in the FA Cup on Saturday. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
It's sure looking like Mourinho made the right decision. Again.
While Chelsea's manager caught flak from some corners due to his freezing out of the club's two-time Player of the Year Juan Mata, the man he preferred to play in that "Number 10" position is currently hitting a rich vein of form. That was evident against Stoke City in the FA Cup on Sunday, with Oscar hitting this curvaceous beauty of a freekick in the first half to put Chelsea up 1-0:
Lets see that from the reverse angle:
What did you think about the strike, Mou?
That goal turned out to be all Chelsea needed, though they had countless chances throughout the rest of the match to double, triple, or even quadruple the score. Many of those chances came courtesy of passes or shots from, you guessed it, Oscar.
The Brazilian exited the match in the 81st minute to a standing ovation from the Stamford Bridge faithful. Even sweeter for the Brazilian: that performance came mere hours after Mata completed his move to Manchester United -- a move made necessary by Oscar's increased playing time. Until further notice, it seems Chelsea's "Number 10" starting spot officially belongs to the guy with 11 on his shirt.
Chelsea face a tough task in the next round of the tournament, as they drew fellow EPL title challengers Manchester City, who they'll play on the weekend of February 15th.