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Chelsea midfielder Deco has hit out at claims he is Luiz Felipe Scolari's pet player.

The Portuguese international has come in for criticism as the Blues' form has slumped in recent weeks.

Some fans are also frustrated he has received what they perceive as preferential treatment from boss Scolari.

The former Barcelona star has completed 90 minutes regularly for the Blues this season while the likes of Joe Cole have found themselves substituted in virtually every game.

But Deco is baffled why he is being singled out, claiming he has always been a starter during successful spells at Porto and Barcelona.

He said: "I do not understand why people are saying this about me and Felipao (Scolari).

"When we first came (to Chelsea) and things were going well, it was all 'Felipao is the boss - this team is going to win everything'.

"Now it's all different and people are looking to blame somebody."

Deco began the season in great form, scoring terrific goals against Pompey and Wigan but has struggled to find the net since.

But the former Porto star - who won the UEFA Champion League while in Portugal - is adamant he deserves to play and refutes claims he is in the team purely because he has worked with Scolari before.

"Anybody who claims that I am only in the team because of my relationship with Felipao is simply making it up.

"I have won many things in my football career and none of them were with Felipao.

"If you look at my career I was rarely on the bench for any team. Wherever I have been, I have been a starter and Felipao was not my coach there. I do not need to explain myself," he added.

The 31-year-old has also stated he hopes to return to his home town of Sao Paulo in Brazil to finish his career.

"I have a desire to come back to live in Brazil and I have a dream to go back to Corinthians.

"I have three more years at Chelsea but this will be my last contract in Europe."

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"When we first came (to Chelsea) and things were going well, it was all 'Felipao is the boss - this team is going to win everything'.

"Now it's all different and people are looking to blame somebody."

Says it all really - confirms why I feel uncomfortable at the mo (well, that and the piles)

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"I have won many things in my football career and none of them were with Felipao"

Be nice if he got his act together and had to change that statement at the end of May (none for two or three)

Nice to here him standing up for himself, Scolari has got faith in him and it's his Job on the line at the end of the Day...just maybe he'll turn his form around.

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Much better to applaud the man keeping his mouth shut than to applaud the hope he wins something with us and finds some form?

Edit:

on a second read, maybe a mixture of Shut up and find some form would have been better.

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Much better to applaud the man keeping his mouth shut than to applaud the hope he wins something with us and finds some form?

Edit:

on a second read, maybe a mixture of Shut up and find some form would have been better.

I think the phrase you're looking for is 'let your boots do the talking'

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"I have won many things in my football career and none of them were with Felipao.

"If you look at my career I was rarely on the bench for any team. Wherever I have been, I have been a starter and Felipao was not my coach there. I do not need to explain myself,"

His quotes are a little worrying, it seems as if he feels he deserves his place in the team based on what he's done in the past as opposed to what he is doing now.

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His quotes are a little worrying, it seems as if he feels he deserves his place in the team based on what he's done in the past as opposed to what he is doing now.

If thats a worry we best start worrying about Joe Cole, Ballack, JT, and Drogba as well.

Whatever he said I expect its been exagerated or made up and if it's not he's justifying his selection because he believes in himself...nothing wrong with that.

In my view which is always on the positive side when it comes to Chelsea, He has not been right since he got an injury and he like Ballack is trying to play their way back to fitness and sharpness.

I have been as critical as anyone when he has performed badly but an in form Deco would certainly be a big help.

not long ago he was the best thing since Zola, good players don't just go bad overnight, he may not be our messaih but he will be an integral part of the rest of the season given the chance..which I'm sure Scolari will.

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not long ago he was the best thing since Zola, good players don't just go bad overnight, he may not be our messaih but he will be an integral part of the rest of the season given the chance..which I'm sure Scolari will.

That is true. I think flair players in general take some time to get used to the premiership. Seems like the trend is that they come in, play brilliantly for the first few games, score some screamers from 35 yards out, and then hit a rough patch. Remember Mutu? Came in, played wonderfully for a few games then faded into mediocrity. I still remember his absolute beauty of a goal against Leicester (?). And what about Elano, took the premiership by storm and now...doesn't even start regularly.

I'm rooting for Deco to get out of this rut as much as anybody, but complaining to the press and referencing past successes to justify current team selection is not going to win him very many supporters.

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I have to say I agree with Deco.

When he just came and played well, everybody said that he was the missing link.

Now that he has dropped the level of his game, he is being attacked with everything.

From wanting him to leave to calling him a pet.

Seen it happen with many players.

Remember Ballack two years ago? And then he turns out to be our best last year and everyone loves him.

It's sad.

When you support Chelsea FC you support the players as well.

Unless there are extreme surcumstances, it has to stay that way.

Booing a Chelsea player will never help us, and I will never support it.

Those who do are just too selfish.

Come on Chelsea!

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Steven Boyd (Chelsea fan) says...

When it had been confirmed Deco was coming to Chelsea , there was already heavy speculation to whether he could adapt at his age , and he has , but to single him out is disgraceful , i myself t times have wonderd , why take Cole off? , why not Cole once , then Deco , etc etc but the whole team unfortunetly has been performing below there standards and it's harsh to single out only Deco , there is no "I" in team...

I'd love to see some proof, Mr. Boyd.

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