Portugeezers perturbed at Big Phil dismissal

Chelsea midfielder Deco has reacted angrily to the news of former Portugal national coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's sacking by the Blues on Monday. The ex-Porto playmaker was signed by the Brazilian World Cup winner for £7.9million from Barcelona in the summer, and revealed it was Scolari who persuaded the 31-year-old to join the London club, rather than link up with Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan. "Scolari is a good coach and he should have been given more time to get the project right," he told the Star. "I was shocked when I heard the news, I almost could not believe it. The reason I came to Chelsea was to play for Scolari. "He explained the ambitious project they had here and I decided to sign and rejected a lot of other offers."

While right-back Jose Bosingwa, another of Big Phil's Portuguese summer signings, who joined for for £16.2 million from Porto, admitted all had not been well with the Brazilian's morale in recent weeks, but believed he should have been given more time to improve the Blues's' fortunes.

"During the last few weeks I noticed a difference in Scolari," he said. "He's been under more pressure and without the usual smile on his face on the training ground.

"It was a surprise to me but it's normal when the results are bad that the coach's reputation is damaged. It's just the same here as in any country with managers being sacked. I didn't think it was like this in England before I came."

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