Ramires has shrugged off Chelsea’s minor blip at the weekend, by insisting Jose Mourinho can lead them to a clean sweep this season.
The Blues could have made up ground in the race for the Premier League title at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, but in the end had to rely on a late penalty to rescue a point against Steve Clarke’s side. This leaves them in fourth position in the table, although the margin to leaders Arsenal remains slight at four points.
The return of Mourinho has forced many bookmakers into making the Stamford Bridge side favourites for the crown, which would break the dominance the Manchester duo have had since Carlo Ancelotti led the Londoners to glory in 2010. But Ramires is aiming even higher, by insisting he and his team-mates can win the lot this season.
“The Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world,” he told Sambafoot. “I can only say that we have the means to win. Our team is strong and we can win it all this season. Winning the Champions League was one of the greatest moments in my career. I think the only title that can compete with that is the World Cup in Brazil.”
A 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium has put Chelsea in the last eight of the League Cup, whilst they have overcome an opening defeat to FC Basle to head their UEFA Champions League group with two matches remaining. With more money expected to be spent in January, there is sure to be cause for genuine optimism amongst supporters this term.
Ramires, meanwhile, won the controversial penalty which allowed Eden Hazard to grab a point against the Baggies. The Brazilian took a tumble when he appeared to barge into defender Steven Reid, but after the match he hit back by saying: “I have never used diving to win fouls or penalties. It’s not in my character and those who know me know it well.”