Ramires: We’ll Play To Win

Ramires is targeting a victory at Manchester City on Monday to boost Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League title bid.

In his three seasons so far, Ramires has won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup trophies, but a Premier League winner’s medal has proved elusive.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly played down his side’s title chances this season, believing City, who are three points better off in the standings, to be the clear favourites.

Nevertheless, Mourinho and Ramires want to ensure Chelsea push City, who lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in October but have an enviable 100 per cent record from 11 games at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 42 goals.

“We all know that it’s going to be a difficult game but we beat them at home, even if that was also a tough match,” Ramires told chelseafc.com.

“We hope we can win on Monday because if we want to win the title it will be very important.

“Despite the fact it will be difficult, a victory there would be very sweet and we are going to give our very best.”

Chelsea have won the Premier League title once since the end of Mourinho’s first spell in September 2007 – in 2009/10 under Carlo Ancelotti – and the Portuguese believes the Blues will be contenders next season.

Those public declarations of being underdogs do not hide the fact Mourinho wants to win the title this season, too.

Ramires added: “When I arrived at the club everybody was saying the same about the Champions League; we were going close every year without winning it, but eventually we managed to win it.

“It’s more or less the same with the Premier League, we all dream of winning it and we have to try our very best to do so. If we were able to do that it would be a very big moment in my career.”

The Brazil international faces a difficult test on Monday up against City’s vaunted midfield, which includes his compatriot Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and David Silva.

“They are capable of making a big difference,” Ramires added.

Written by George Coomber

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