- Club World Cup
Oscar believes Japan trip will revive Blues
Chelsea midfielder Oscar believes success for the Blues at the Club World Cup will provide a major boost to their Premier League title hopes.
Oscar, 21, believes victory at the tournament in Japan will help ease the pressure on the club after their exit from the Champions League last week.
Chelsea face Mexican side Monterrey in the semi-final on Thursday and Oscar admits his side is playing for more than just a trophy.
"For Chelsea, we are representing Europe and we are going there with a determination to do it well," he told World Soccer Digest. "We are going to try to win this competition this year. Every title is important for Chelsea. If we win it, it is going to give us so much more confidence and strength for the rest of the season."
If the Blues can overcome Monterrey, they face the winner of the other semi-final between Corinthians and Al Ahly, with Oscar adamant that the Brazilian side will be Chelsea's biggest challenge if they reach the penultimate game.
"In Brazil, this has always been seen as the opportunity for our clubs to play one of the big European teams," he said. "It's the chance to test themselves against a big team from Europe and to go and show their football to the world.
"For years, it was the only way they could face a stronger team, a different team from a different culture. The South American teams have always taken this competition seriously but I think all the big clubs will go to Japan this year and give everything."
Oriol Romeu was ruled out of Chelsea's trip to Japan after injuring his knee against Sunderland at the weekend.