Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Deco delivers again for Chelsea
by Paul Kennedy, August 25th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] Some questioned whether the diminutive Brazilian-born Portugal international Deco had the makeup to play in the English Premier League, but his stunning goal on a free kick in the 4th minute of Chelsea's game at Wigan was his second in two games and gave the Blues a 1-0 win.

Chelsea, which beat Portsmouth, 4-0, on opening day, leads the EPL on goal difference over Liverpool, the only other team to open with two wins.

The win took Chelsea, who were far from their best, to the top of the standings with six points, the same as Liverpool who have also won their opening two games although Chelsea has a better goal difference. The Reds rallied for a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on Saturday on own goal from Emanuel Pogatetz in the 86th minute and a strike deep into stoppage time from Steven Gerrard gave them victory.

With midfield partners Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and Michael Ballack playing but not entirely fit, Deco's arrival has been critical for Chelsea under first-year coach Felipe Luiz Scolari, who coached him on the Portugal national team.

Deco, 30, has already won UEFA Champion League titles with Porto and Barcelona and could be instrumental in Chelsea's bid for European glory.

Chelsea's ability to hoard talent is why Wigan manager Steve Bruce says the top clubs now dominate the EPL.

"It is getting harder to beat the top teams with each new season," he said. "Chelsea had a bad day today, but then Deco comes along and changes everything with one kick. If it isn't Deco it will be Nicolas Anelka, or Joe Cole, or Florent Malouda, one of them is going to do something special -- and all big clubs have that string of talent."

The next Chelsea signing could be Brazilian Robinho, who has asked out at Real Madrid.

"It would be great if he joined us," Deco said three weeks ago, "and he'd be made very welcome here."

The case against Bruce's argument is the form of the other two big London clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham. Arsenal lost to Fulham, 1-0, while Spurs was upset by Sunderland, 2-1, at home.

Defending champion Manchester United, who opened with a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United, plays Portsmouth on Monday.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List    
Aron Johannsson scored his first goal in more than seven months for AZ in its 1-0 ...
WFC2 to set up shop on UBC campus    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Vancouver Whitecaps became the seventh MLS club to launch a second team in ...
Youth Boys Report: U.S. U-17s take third in Chile    
The U.S. under-17 national team fell to Brazil, 4-3, in its second game at the Copa ...
Youth Boys Report: Brazil edges U.S. U-17s in thriller    
The U.S. under-17 national team fell to Brazil, 4-3, in its second game at the Copa ...
NCAA Division I Women's Tournament Scoreboard    
[SCHEDULE: Friday] The NCAA Division I Women's Tournament moves into the second round at regional sites ...
NCAA Division I Men's Tournament Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Thursday] San Diego converted penalty kicks in the 89th and 103rd minutes from Keegan Smith ...
Toronto FC becomes sixth MLS club to launch second team    
[USL PRO] A sixth MLS club announced plans to enter a second team in USL PRO ...
A glimpse into the thinking of Sounders' brain trust    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The closest thing any MLS club is to a European-style members club, like Barcelona ...
Ferguson named Honorary All-American    
[NSCAA] The NSCAA will honor Alex Ferguson as the 2014 Honorary All-American at the organization's All-America ...
Keane, Martins and Nguyen are MLS MVP finalists    
[AWARDS] Robbie Keane, Obafemi Martins and Lee Nguyen, who will all take part in the conference ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives