Porto man shines again... But why didn't he do this at Chelsea?

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Ricardo Quaresma was brilliant for Porto against Napoli on Thursday night. But why couldn't Chelsea fans see the same player?

It is amazing to think the winger is already 30. It seems only yesterday he was being touted as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

It's only now, though, that Quaresma is getting back to his best, with last night's display against Rafa Benitez's Napoli side acting as another reminder of what he is capable of - especially on the ball.

According to statistics from WhoScored.com, the Porto man completed four successful dribbles, made two key passes, delivered 14 crosses and took two shots.

Add that to the fact that he already has a goal and assist to his name in the Europa League this season - plus his four goals in eight appearances in the Portugese league - and you have a player bang in form.

Only at the weekend, meanwhile, the 30-year-old scored twice to hand Porto a 4-1 win just days after they sacked coach Paulo Fonseca.

But why didn't Chelsea see this type of player when the winger was at Stamford Bridge under Luiz Felipe Scolari?

Perhaps Quaresma simply wasn't cut out for the Premier League. The winger certainly wouldn't be the first foreign import to struggle with the physicality and competitiveness of English football.

And it was a similar story at Inter, the club that loaned Quaresma to west London in 2009. In fact, the 30-year-old only recently hit out at the Serie A club for their treatment of him during his time there.

"Inter is a difficult club; it is not managed in an organised manner like Porto,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Some people have been unfair to me. I’m not naming the people who have been kind but each was thinking only of himself. Nobody gave me support but I will say no names."

Indeed, maybe there is no place like home, for Porto was the side with which Quaresma enjoyed his best spell.

Now, history is repeating itself - but what a shame for Chelsea that the winger could not produce similar form on these shores.

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