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Ramires: Chelsea's unsung hero

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When Chelsea finalised a deal with SL Benfica for their highly-rated Brazilian midfielder Ramires, many members of the Stamford Bridge faithful gathered round in anticipation.

Some doubted whether he would be able to cope in the rough environment that the Premier League is, but Ramires has taken to the league like a fish to water.

He was brought over to west London by Carlo Ancelloti for a reported fee of £17m, and has been nothing short of a hit for the Blues.

Ramires' strong running and tough tackling has made him one of the first names on the team sheet in any big game.

He possesses lightening pace, which makes him one of the best counter attacking footballers in the Premier League and he can also produce a finish - Ramires' iconic goal against Barcelona is a typical example of what he can offer to a side.

That goal with the goal showing nearly all of his qualities and also showed managers can count on him for the big occasions.

Despite the No7's heroics for Chelsea, he seems to not have glued down a spot for his country's midfield, with the 26-year-old not even picked in the squad for Brazil's triumph in the confederations cup.

This season Ramires will get another shot to capture that coveted Brazil spot with Mourinho being a huge fan of the former Cruzeiro man.

Ramires revealed this summer he was given a phone call prior to the Portuguese taking over, in which the new Chelsea boss told him that he had tried to sign the 26-year-old when he was in charge of both Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

Towards the end of last season some wondered whether he would fit in Chelsea's 4-2-3-1 system, and argued that he would be best suited to a 4-3-3 formation.

However, seeing as though Ramires has formed the ability to tackle, there is no reason why he can't be plotted in front of the back four.

A strong runner from deep who can bag a goal is a quality many managers wish their holding midfielders had, so it seems wise Mourinho will not waste that talent by planting him wide on the right as he may not have the technical ability to get past a player in a 1 v 1 situation, and there are also doubts over his crossing and passing ability.

The two defensive midfielders is a key part of the team's structure in that system and Mourinho has tested Ramires with a number of his defensive midfield teammates to find which player suits him the most.

At this point it seems that deploying him with David Luiz would be a nightmare for any opposition; one strong runner with a long passing maestro could be a fruitful partnership, but it remains to be seen whether or not Mourinho sees Luiz as a midfielder or a defender.

 

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