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Lionel Messi: A rare talent

When Pep Guardiola took over from Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona 18 months ago, Lionel Messi's favourite local steakhouse in the city's affluent Sarria-Sant Gervasi neighbourhood was right at the top of his 'to do' list.

Deco struggles to shine in Blues' rough diamond

The role at the front of Chelsea's now customary midfield diamond should, in theory, be the one they all want to play. Everyone else does the donkey work and you get to do all the fancy stuff and grab the glory.

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Chelsea hit by double injury blow

Chelsea have suffered a double injury blow with Ricardo Carvalho ruled out for a month after damaging medial knee ligaments while his fellow Portuguese international Deco will be missing for the next two weeks after suffering a muscle tear in his thigh.

Manchester United: A blip or something more serious?

Manchester United got the better of Chelsea in last season's Champions League final but so far this season it is the Blues who look the team to beat. With Sir Alex Ferguson's men behind in the league table as they visit Stamford Bridge tomorrow, they know it is time to raise their game. Ian Herbert reports

Chelsea 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1: Scolari lets slip Kalou bid as a

Now we know that Luiz Felipe Scolari is not just a shrewd coach. He has also read that chapter in the manager's handbook that tells you what to do in the event of your team tossing away two points at home to Tottenham. The answer? Tell everyone who Arsenal's transfer target was earlier in the summer and hope they forget about the result.