Saturday, September 13, 2008


Deco has capped a dream start to life in England by winning the Barclays Player of the Month Award at the very first opportunity.

The summer signing from Barcelona has made an impressive start to life in the Barclays Premier League, scoring twice and being credited with a further two assists in just three games, as the Blues soared to the top of the table and retained our unbeaten record going into September.

On receiving the accolade, he said: 'For me it's a pleasure and honour to have got here and managed to have a good start to the season. Of course this is just a start - what's important is to get to the end and still be playing this well. I think that's important, I'm very proud and happy with this result.'

Deco's creative talents were first showcased in the 4-0 win over Portsmouth in the season opener at Stamford Bridge, where his assist for Nicolas Anelka's goal was improved by a 25-yard strike to round off the scoring.

In the closely contested 1-0 victory over Wigan that followed he shone once more, as another long-range strike, this time from a third-minute free-kick, proved the difference. His effectiveness from set pieces continued in the 1-1 home draw with Spurs, where his corner produced the opening goal from a Juliano Belletti flick.

Deco, Luiz Felipe Scolari's debut signing, is the first Chelsea player to scoop the award since Petr Cech back in March 2007, and the only Portuguese player other than Christiano Ronaldo to collect the prize.

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.....

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