Sao Paulo: Oscar took a dig at his critics yesterday after delivering a "dream" goal-scoring performance in Brazil's 3-1 World Cup-opening win over Croatia.
The 22-year-old had been under pressure in the buildup with many Brazilian media calling for him to be replaced by Chelsea teammate Willian. But he recovered from a nervy start to set up Neymar for Brazil’s first goal, and then completed the win with a brilliant solo strike in injury time.
Oscar later told reporters that the only man whose opinion mattered was the manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari.
“The only person who can take me out of the team is Big Phil,” said Oscar, using Scolari’s nickname. “What you (journalists) say doesn’t matter much. What matters is the opinion of the coach.”