Oscar joked that he hopes his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will not bring success to London opponents of the Blues Tottenham Hotspur.
The Brazil international spent two and a half years with Mourinho at Stamford Bridge between 2013 and 2015, winning the Premier League under the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ leadership.
Mourinho left Chelsea, for the second and last time, in December 2015 and after a stint at Manchester United – where he won the Carabao Cup as well as the Europa League – he was named Mauricio Pochettino’s successor to Spurs in November 2019.
Since his appointment, the Portuguese have been unable to bring back any silverware – which Spurs and President Daniel Levy desperately aspire to – to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and they currently sit in eighth place in the Premier League.
However, Spurs could win their first trophy in 13 years if they beat Manchester City in the League Cup final in April and speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Oscar has backed his former manager to bring success to north London .
When asked if he thinks Mourinho will bring trophies to Tottenham, Oscar said: “I hope not because I support Chelsea, right? But Jose Mourinho is a very good coach.
“I hope he can help Tottenham do a little better and try to win trophies. He’s a very smart guy.
“You are still learning from older coaches. Of course, Jose Mourinho is one of the best coaches. I really like [Antonio] Conte and the way the team played under Conte was very impressive. I think in Chelsea I would choose these two [as the managers I learnt the most from]. “
There have been plenty of success stories from Mourinho’s time at Chelsea, including Oscar, who was instrumental in helping the Blues win the Premier League in 2014-15, scoring six goals in 28 league appearances and racking up eight more assists.
However, some players struggled to make the breakthrough during Mourinho’s second stint at Stamford Bridge, including a certain Mohamed Salah.
Salah left FC Basel for Chelsea in January 2014, but struggled to find a regular place in Mourinho’s starting lineup and was loaned to Fiorentina a year later.
A loan to Roma soon followed – a move that would eventually be made permanent – and since then the Egypt international has not looked back, becoming one of the best players in the world under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool .
Oscar saw Salah up close during his time at Stamford Bridge and said in a recent interview with Yellow and Green Football that the Egyptian was ‘unstoppable’ in training.
However, he feels that Salah’s inability to make a place for himself in Chelsea’s starting lineup has dented his confidence which means Blues fans have never seen him at his best.
“I think it was really difficult for him because at that point we had a lot of good players in the same position,” he explains.
“They didn’t have the same Salah quality – everyone had difficult qualities – but most of them like me, Mata, Hazard, Willian, Schurrle, De Bruyne, were young and everyone also played for their national team, so they played. good football.
“He didn’t have his chance and when he had his chance, sometimes he didn’t have too much confidence in himself. After in Rome and Liverpool, he was incredible. It’s nice to see a guy improve his game.
“I am impressed because he has already improved a lot since Roma and after his arrival at Liverpool. He has a lot of good players around him.
“With Liverpool last year, it wasn’t just one player; it was a very good team. Firmino is good, Salah is good, Mane is good, you have midfielders and defenders and then also Alisson, the goalkeeper. Everyone is of very good quality. I am very impressed with Liverpool and with Salah, who did a good job.