Sport Deco during his Chelsea days

The former Portugal international has retired since the positive test

Deco's return sets Ancelotti on Double course

If Chelsea's recent revival since their Champions League exit to Internazionale could be put down to the performances of any one single player, then that would have to be the Portuguese midfielder Deco.

Malouda roars on as United go down with a whimper

Manchester United 1 Chelsea

Drogba steals a march to give Chelsea the lead in title race

Manchester United 1 Chelsea 2: European toils and questionable goal are costly for United

Lampard sends loud warning to title rivals

Chelsea 7 Aston Villa 1

Chelsea close gap with humbling of Pompey

Portsmouth 0 Chelsea 5

Chelsea star Deco wants move to Brazil

Chelsea midfielder Deco has revealed he hopes to leave the club this summer and return to his native Brazil.

Football in Brief: Blues midfielder Deco steps down from international scene

Chelsea midfielder Deco has announced his retirement from international football. The Brazil-born player, who was granted Portuguese citizenship after spending six years in the country, will step down after this summer's World Cup.

Lampard cuts loose and sends Chelsea top

Chelsea 3 Birmingham City 0

Ferguson no match for Chelsea this time

Preston NE 0 Chelsea 2: Sir Alex's advice unable to help Preston's new manager as Anelka and Sturridge see Cup holders ease through

Chelsea must raise game to retain title edge, says Terry

John Terry has urged Chelsea to take advantage of recent slip-ups by their title rivals and restore their once healthy lead at the top of the Premier League. But the England captain also warned that they cannot afford any more blips of their own when they return to top-flight action against Sunderland on Saturday.

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.

Anelka strike enough to win group for Blues

Porto 0 Chelsea 1

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.

Samuel's red card opens door for Chelsea rout

Bolton Wanderers 0 Chelsea 4

Kalou strike kick-starts Blues cruise

Chelsea 4 Bolton Wanderers 0
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