Ramires: One trophy to avoid failure


Chelsea must win at least one trophy or the season is a failure, according to midfielder Ramires.


The Blues have stuttered under Andre Villas-Boas and have so far not looked as though they have the capability of taking a title.


The Brazil international has warned his team-mates they must improve, as their rivals will make progress and the season would be unfulfilled if they do not bring a trophy back to Stamford Bridge.


“Everybody is trying to get better all the time and with the new manager, that's what we're aiming for," Ramires is quoted as saying in the Daily Mirror.


“We will try to win all of the trophies. The minimum is one trophy. You must have that, but we are going to work hard for all three.”


Chelsea look as though they are out of the title race, sitting 11 points behind leaders Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League.


Though they do still have the Champions League to look forward to, but were given a tough task when drawn with Italian side Napoli in the last 16.


Ramires also revealed that the change in footballing philosophy under Villas-Boas may have contributed to their disappointing start to the season.


His reasoning is that the squad has not changed much from under previous boss Carlo Ancelotti and that the nationalities of each boss brought a different brand of football.


“The players are the same. I don't think the team is better but there is an aim," the Brazilian added.


“The priority for Ancelotti was more to defend and Villas-Boas is more forward-looking, more to attack. It's the Portuguese style.”


The side’s next test will come when they welcome a resurgent Sunderland to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

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