Chelsea midfielder Ramires insists his side's style of football is not boring, after Roberto Di Matteo's team produced a series of backs-to-the-wall Champions League performances.

The Stamford Bridge side won the Champions League and the FA Cup after interim boss Di Matteo took over from Andre Villas-Boas. Di Matteo has since been given the permanent job, but critics have panned Chelsea's play as "anti-football'.

Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo recently described England's quarter-final performance against Cesare Prandelli's side as "Chelsea-like", and the Blues have become a byword for negative, defensive tactics.

But Ramires insists Chelsea are not just a reactive team, and pointed to the victory over Napoli as an example of the attacking play on offer in west London.

Speaking to Radio Estadao ESPN, the Brazil international said: "This anti-football is not Chelsea's style, we only played that way in those games against Barcelona. When we played against Napoli, we needed to score a goal and we did it, when almost nobody believed we would.

"If we tried to play as equals against Barcelona, we would have conceded five or six goals."

Ramires revealed Chelsea settled on a counter-attacking strategy to face Barcelona after watching Real Madrid beat the Catalans 2-1 in El Clasico.


That game, just days before Chelsea's semi-final second-leg against Pep Guardiola's side, saw Cristiano Ronaldo snatch the winning goal on the break at the Nou Camp, all but wrapping up the La Liga title for Madrid.

And the tireless midfielder defiantly insisted that all tactics were good for the team, if the team wins.

"If we always win playing that way, I'll choose to win," said Ramires.

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