Ramires: Chelsea's ultimate utility man

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Signed in 2010 by former manager Carlo Ancelotti from Benfica, Ramires was originally intended to be a winger, playing up and down using his pace and tactical awareness.

A lack of depth in the Chelsea squad since his arrival, has transformed him into a box-to-box defensive midfielder.

Last season, under both Roberto di Matteo and Rafa Benitez, Ramires played a huge part in the success Chelsea have had (winning the Europa League and reaching two semi-finals).

Ramires was fit for almost every match, making 42 starts and scoring nine goals.

The 26-year-old was, as aforementioned, played as a defensive midfielder and became a box-to-box player as he showed great pace and amazing stamina.

Now, under new manager Jose Mourinho, Ramires has improved and in the first two matches of the Premier League he has completed over 90 passes per game. The Brazilian has started the season controlling the middle of the park, whilst forming a great partnership with Frank Lampard.

Ramires is widely regarded as Chelsea's unsung hero, having scored the first goal to get Chelsea past Barcelona and into the final of the Champions League, a feat which was overshadowed by Fernando Torres' last minute strike.

Ramires has said previously that he is ready to contribute in every position possible, and in his three years spell at Stamford Bridge he was playing as a central midfielder, defensive midfielder and a winger.

This season, Mourinho has a team packed with stars, and Ramires is set to lead the defensive part of the midfield fighting with Mourinho-favourite Michael Essien, fan-favourite Frank Lampard and the man touted as Frank Lampard's successor, Marco van Ginkel. 

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