Chelsea midfielder Ramires has been talking about the nerves he felt returning to the Brazil squad after a prolonged absence, and his hopes for this summer’s World Cup.
Ramires and his countrymen have the hopes of a nation resting on their shoulders but the Blues midfielder seems ready for the challenge.
Speaking about being brought back into the fold under Luiz Felipe Scolari, Ramires said in quotes published by Sambafoot, “It’s a process like at a club when a coach changes. Personnel, coaches, philosophy all change.
“After being out for a year I felt a bit nervous, you see the same people there but meet new ones too.
“The team now has a great leader. It’s a strong team with excellent players and on the pitch we all give our best and don’t want to disappoint the leader.”
It seems clear that Ramires and his international teammates do not just want to win the competition for themselves and for their fans, but for the man who currently leads them.
The Chelsea midfielder is fresh off the back of a decent individual campaign, in which he scored four goals and provided five assists.
But he and his fellow Brazilians at Stamford Bridge were left disappointed as they fell short in both Europe and in the Premier League, leaving the World Cup as their final chance of cup success in 2014.
Ramires may have been nervous returning to this Brazil side, but now he potentially has a big part to play in it.