A strike of genius
Jamie Redknapp hails Oscar's wonder strike for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as a slice of genius.
Last Updated: 20/09/12 10:02am
Sky Sports expert Jamie Redknapp hailed Oscar's wonder strike for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge as a slice of genius - but fellow pundit Graeme Souness was less convinced by the Brazilian's second goal against Juventus.
The 21-year-old, who joined Chelsea in the summer for a reported fee of £25million, scored twice on his full debut for the club, with his second a sensational strike that curled into the top-right corner from distance. Juventus, though, hit back with goals from Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella to deny Chelsea a winning start to their Champions League defence.
Redknapp was blown away by Oscar's second goal after admitting the Brazilian's first long-range strike was fortunate as a deflection took it past Gianluigi Buffon.
"It was incredible," he told Sky Sports. "The first one had a slice of luck; the second one had a slice of genius. As he turns and swivels on it you knew it was going to nestle in the top corner.
"He was on such a high at that moment that he probably felt he could have done anything. One of the best goalkeepers in the world, Buffon, can't get anywhere near it.
"We have all been talking about Eden Hazard but that was exquisite, especially the second goal. I am absolutely convinced that he meant his first touch. It was a beautiful touch; he swivels and bends it right in the top bin.
"It was a shame for him that it was not the winning goal. Ten minutes to go and they get the equaliser because that was worthy of winning any game."
However, while agreeing with the quality of the strike, Souness questioned whether Oscar's first touch was intentional.
"If in five years' time he is scoring goals like that then we can definitely say he meant it," Souness said. "I think there is an element of doubt and I am sure if you ask him tonight he will say he meant it. But take that out of the goal and it is still a wonderful goal."
Ruud Gullit agreed with Redknapp about the quality and of intent of the goal but insisted that until that point Oscar had struggled to get into the game and his overall influence on the flow of the game was limited.
"I think he did it on purpose. Give him the benefit of the doubt," he said. "He scored two magnificent goals.
"But his involvement in the game itself was not that major. He had difficulty in adapting and did not see that much of the ball but to score two goals of course is great."
While Oscar's double took the headlines with his two goals, Juventus more than matched their opponents for large periods of the game and Souness believes they could be a threat going forward in the competition.
"Juventus are a team that went all last season without losing a game in Serie A," he said. "You can see they have a doggedness about them and a determination not to lose football matches, and at times a real quality in some of their play.
"I wouldn't rule Juventus out of this competition. I think they are capable of going far.""You can see they have a doggedness about them and a determination not to lose football matches, and at times a real quality in some of their play. I wouldn't rule Juventus out of this competition. I think they are capable of going far."