The 26-year-old has been one of the most important players for the club this season, starting every Premier League match he’s been selected for and bagging two goals in the Champions League so far.
Predominantly he plays that role in front of the back four, holding the space between defence and midfield, bursting forward when Chelsea enjoy a lot more possession, able to build pressure over the opposition.
It’s a job he’s enjoying and a job he thinks he’s perfectly suited for under the managerial reign of Jose Mourinho.
“I also expect a lot of myself. I expect that I do well; when I misplace a pass or do something wrong, I beat myself up, I want to correct it immediately. That's why people see me so fiery on the pitch. It's this mentality that I have to fight, to win,” he tells Chelsea Magazine.
Mourinho has made it very clear this season that he’s looking for his players to respond on the pitch, giving him subliminal messages through their performances and that’s just what Ramires is doing.
What Mourinho needs from his holding players in midfield is for those players to take responsibility.
One of the key jobs for any midfielder protecting the defence and trying to support the more creative midfield players is to win back possession quickly and effectively and that’s exactly what Ramires looks to do when Chelsea lose the ball.
It’s also encouraging that he seems very determined to help other players in the midfield succeed, regardless of how that impacts on his position and personal role in the starting eleven.
“I want to help Willian settle in - he's a really nice person with a good heart - What really impresses me is how Oscar is always looking to improve. He has got everything to be very, very successful - and he is so young!” he added.
Mourinho relies a lot on the key experienced players in his side to provide that level of leadership and maturity; Petr Cech, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard.
If Ramires adds himself to that list of players looking to lead, drive the team, help others and show maturity it not only impresses the boss and helps Ramires to retain his place, it takes pressure away from those older players, allowing them to focus a little more on their game and being effective in terms of their football.
Ramires is a Chelsea star who only breeds positives.
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