Sunday, 16 October 2011
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Ramires, leading from the front
Last year the season began with our most notable signing, Ramires, failing to shine. For some fans it looked as if it was going to be another big money flop. However, this year Ramires has led the club from the front and has gone from strength to strength.
Villas-Boas is one manager who knows Ramires well from his time in Portugal. He had heard and seen a lot of Ramires and even played against him and was aware of the Brazilian midfielder as he helped Benfica to their title. AVB knew what to do to bring out the best in Ramires, a player who had attracted attention from the likes of Barcelona after just a season in Portugal.
Ramires, started improving last year after New Years and put together some brilliant performances and goals including the goal of the season against Manchester City. Now the Brazilian has settled into the hearts of the Chelsea fans and is now nicknamed Rambo for his tenacious speed and strength.
Yet, it is this season under AVB that Ramires has truly 'terrorized' the opposition. Yesterday against Everton he marked his 50th appearance for the Blues with a goal.
This year Ramires has used his tenacious speed to break away from the opposition defences as Lampard and Mata feed him with brilliant over head balls. The Brazilian has broken away several times to score goals and to earn the team penalties.
He was instrumental as Chelsea kicked into gear and turned on the style against Swansea, Bolton and Everton. His brilliant distribution of the ball and making quick passes has meant that has allowed some players to play more freely.
AVB has been key, by bringing Ramires, Mata and Sturridge together he has been able to accelerate Chelsea's rate of play. Ramires is always breaking on counter attacks which have allowed us to score some great goals moving from one box to another in a matter of mere minutes.
Last year Ramires made Chelsea fans happy with a few goals. But having already scored more than he did last season Ramires is reminding Chelsea fans that there is more to come from the skinny, yet powerful Brazilian midfielder. Ramires is looking like a player who will long reign at Chelsea and in the Premier League and will definitely become one of the greats.
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