• Deco: Conte must start ‘true captain’ Terry against Man Utd

    Deco: Conte must start ‘true captain’ Terry against Man Utd

    Former Chelsea star Deco believes John Terry should start against Manchester United on Sunday if he is fit.

    The 35-year-old missed their 3-0 win over Leicester City last weekend, despite having returned from injury before the clash.

    However, the Portuguese thinks that the club captain’s experience could be vital in what will be a huge match for the Blues.

    ‘If he is playing well, he needs to stay and play because he is a legend, a true captain. He is one of the […]

  • Manchester United players must deal with Mourinho criticism – Deco

    Manchester United players must deal with Mourinho criticism – Deco

    Manchester United players need to “deal with” the public criticism from manager Jose Mourinho, according to former Portugal star Deco.

    Mourinho suggested Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard had disappointed him as well as criticising Eric Bailly’s passing after the derby loss to Manchester City, and he made negative comments about Luke Shaw after United lost 3-1 at Watford.

    However, ex-Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Deco, who won the UEFA Cup and Champions League under Mourinho at Porto, said criticism should be expected an […]

  • Who are Guardiola’s biggest victims? As Hart faces exit, here’s the stars who have been booted out… including mighty Ronaldinho!

    Who are Guardiola’s biggest victims? As Hart faces exit, here’s the stars who have been booted out… including mighty Ronaldinho!

    Pep Guardiola has wasted little time in shaking things up at Manchester City, with his decision to drop stalwarts Joe Hart and Yaya Toure clearly demonstrating the new manager’s ruthlessness.

    The England goalkeeper was replaced by Willy Caballero for City’s Premier League opener against Sunderland and remained on the bench in Tuesday night’s Champions League qualifier with Steaua Bucharest, putting his future in question.

    Toure, meanwhile, has been told he hasn’t yet reached the standards of fitness Guardiola demands of his players […]

  • Ronaldinho was more gifted than Messi or Ronaldo – Deco

    Ronaldinho was more gifted than Messi or Ronaldo – Deco

    Former Barcelona midfielder Deco believes Ronaldinho was far more naturally gifted with a football than either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ex-Portugal international Deco played alongside Ronaldinho during his time at Camp Nou before both left the club in 2008 having won two Liga titles and the Champions League in 2006.

    And Deco feels the Brazilian World Cup winner’s ability with the ball at his feet surpasses that of the modern greats, though he concedes both Messi and Ronaldo have used their […]