The Ramires Conundrum

The Ramires Conundrum

Top midfielders, broadly, can be classified into two categories. The first one would include the physically gifted guys who, despite possessing excellent technical skills or not, use their superior physical attributes to romp on the pitch. Examples of such players would include Essien, Yaya Toure, Khedira and Matic. These players more often than not trump and win their battles using their physical prowess. The second type would be the hobbits or wood-elves of the midfield. They may or may not …
Ramires - Underrated In Chelsea Midfield | Stats

Ramires - Underrated In Chelsea Midfield | Stats

Jose Mourinho may only see Chelsea as 'the little horse' but many consider them as the favourites to lift the Premier League title in May. They have finally found the winning formula after a rocky start and the team is now stacked with pace, power and ability. In the recent 1-0 victory over Manchester City, their midfield of Nemanja Matic, David Luiz and Ramires was praised as being pivotal to the result. Ramires has been a key player for a …
Ramires vs Man City | Player Performance Analysis

Ramires vs Man City | Player Performance Analysis

Playing Manchester City at the Etihad is no laughing matter. They have dominated every single opponent at home this season, with their 100% record before they faced Chelsea, being the proof of this. But if anyone was going to put an end to it then most people would agree that it would be Chelsea, especially with their Portuguese tactical genius, Jose Mourinho. Once again, Mourinho outwitted his opponent, this time with the simple switch of players. Yes, this season Mourinho …
The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The impact of Defensive Midfielders | Lucas, Carrick, Ramires & McCarthy

The modern footballing world likes to follow the labelling trend of the "defensive midfielder". The importance of those who sit in front of the defence as a protection is becoming increasingly apparent. I take a look at some of the top examples who prove that midfielders are just as important to a team's defence as the back four (note this is not a comparison - more of a look at how they contribute to their teams). Michael Carrick has had …
Mourinho confirms Ramires to stay | Ramires Stats

Mourinho confirms Ramires to stay | Ramires Stats

Chelsea fans will no doubt be very happy with the recent comments made by Ramires, not just because the player has stated that he will be staying at the club, but because of the evidence of new Manager Mourinho laying down his foundations for the team. Although Ramires is not a player who scores and assists consistently throughout the season, most teams I'm sure would appreciate a player with his athletic attributes which is combined with a superb attitude. A …
Manchester United vs Chelsea | Bitter Rivalry - Match Preview

Manchester United vs Chelsea | Bitter Rivalry - Match Preview

What to do with a problem like Ramires? Stats Analysis

What to do with a problem like Ramires? Stats Analysis

Ever since Ramires has come to the English game, I’ve been a big fan. Although slight in frame, he is someone who has energy in abundance and can change a game, Barcelona away sticks in the memory. However, with new signings coming in, his place in the team is in question, not only is his place in question, his role in the side is in doubt. Last season, AvB started the season with a 4-3-3 formation and Ramires was in …