Chelsea ace feels the pressure

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Ramires has revealed he feels under more pressure at Chelsea than at any other point in his club career.

The Brazil midfielder has impressed since Carlo Ancelotti signed him from Benfica towards the end of the transfer window.

But he admits the scrutiny he has experienced at the Barclays Premier League champions is a step up from that which he was under playing for their Portuguese counterparts and Cruzeiro before that.

"At Cruzeiro and Benfica, there was also huge pressure to get good results," the 23-year-old explained.

"The difference at Chelsea is that the level of visibility is so much greater. That means you're singled out more when you play badly and there's more hype when you play well."

Some foreign players have found it difficult to adapt to the speed and physicality of English football but Ramires believes he has almost cracked it already.

He said: "As well as being a player who tries to start moves when I have the ball, I've always liked a tackle, so that's why I'm not finding it very hard to adapt.

"I'm already getting used to the speed of the game over here.

"All I need to do now is to keep working hard to earn my spot in the side and help the team stay as successful as they've been in recent years."

An injury to Frank Lampard two months ago gave Ramires his big chance at his new club.

"Since then, I've played a few times as a box-to-box midfielder, which is my original position and the same one where Mano Menezes has been using me for the national team," he said.

"But, to be honest, it's not hard for me to play anywhere in midfield. I'll play whichever way Ancelotti thinks works best for the team at any given time."

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