95% pass-accuracy, just one tackle: Mixed showing from Chelsea star Ramires

Chelsea's Ramires had a mixed performance against Liverpool this weekend.

Chelsea star Ramires made his first start since September this weekend, playing his part in the Blues' 2-1 victory over Liverpool.

It was a hit-and-miss affair from the Brazilian, with some Chelsea fans praising his performance and others believing he was well off the pace and upset the balance of Jose Mourinho's side.  But what do the statistics say?

In truth Ramires was both good and bad.  He played two key passes to set up goal-scoring opportunities for his teammates while his passing accuracy of 95 per cent was outstanding.  But he won just a single tackle, made one effective clearance and played just six forward passes during the match.

  Key PassesPassing AccuracyTackles WonAerials WonDuels WonForward PassOutfield BlocksEffective ClearancesMins Played
Ramires 2 95% 1 0 3 6 0 1 54

He was clearly not at his best, lacking match fitness and replaced nine minutes into the second half due to injury.  But he still did his best to use his energy effectively and there were times when he showed glimpses of the player fans know he can be.

Recent rumours have suggested the midfielder could be sold by Chelsea in the near future, with chances likely to be sparse given the presence of Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic in the Blues' formidable squad.

But the Brazilian still has plenty to offer, even if his most recent performance will not go down as one of his best.

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