CHANGING FACES OF RAMIRES IN NEW MAG
In the latest edition of the official Chelsea magazine (available in shops today), midfielder Ramires talks about the inspirational effect winning a 50/50 tackle can have on the players around.
The Brazilian has been a revelation so far this campaign having now settled in England following his move from Portugal at the beginning of last season, but for all the positive headlines he has been making on a personal level, the season thus far for the team as a whole has been a mixture of highs and lows, with the player giving readers an insight into the pain he endures every time we are on the wrong end of a bad result.
'I believe, in football, there is no space for you to be moping about,' he tells Chelsea in this month's main interview.
'Okay, maybe you lost a game and I get very angry when I lose a game, I go home very upset but I try and forget about it quickly.
'Then you have this positive thinking where, if you lose a game, you know you will have another match in a few days' time that you can win and this motivates you.
'I direct my anger towards my preparation for the next game because I want to analyse everything that went wrong to make us lose; any mistakes that we made that we can avoid making again in the next game.
'I channel my disappointment into positivity ahead of the next match and this is a very good motivation because it means you are always looking forward. I get so upset by defeat that I don't want to feel that way and that inspires me to want to win even more.'
To see Ramires in and around the training ground, where he is quiet, unassuming and polite is a world away from seeing the former Benfica star going about his business on a matchday, where his combative play and will to win are representative of the type of player any manager would long to have in their side.
'This is a very important part of a midfielder's game because, if the game is going well for you, the opposition see that and it affects them, it unsettles them.
'You always have to fight to win 50-50s in order to have this effect. I always try to win these challenges, make the challenge correctly and then give it to one of my team-mates.
'When you see a player making tackles here, winning the ball there and working really hard to win every challenge, it makes the rest of the team want to do the same. This happens to me; if I see Frank Lampard winning a challenge or Didier Drogba winning a header, or Jose Bosingwa making a run down the right, it motivates me and everyone.'
Whirlwind snooker loopy about AVB
Jimmy White, meanwhile, talks to Chelsea about his lifelong love affair with the club which stems from that never-to-be-forgotten FA Cup final win against Leeds in 1970.
Somewhat inevitably, his regular involvement in snooker tournaments up and down the country means he is unable to get down to Stamford Bridge as much as he would like, but White keeps tabs on the club from afar and admires the work Andre Villas-Boas is doing, insisting it won't be long before we are the most exciting team in the country.
David Luiz gets serious
Our flamboyant Brazilian defender opens up about the pivotal moments in a career that has taken him from Brazil to London via Portugal, and all at the tender age of 24.
He tells us about the sacrifices which he made from an early age in order to realise his dream of becoming a professional footballer, including having to move to a location which was a 40-hour drive from his parents' house, as well as recalling his joy at being called into the full Brazil squad for the very first time in the summer of 2010, a decision which ultimately enabled him to sign for Chelsea shortly after.
The 'Great Connections' feature examines the link between Chelsea FC and the Great Britain football team, which is being revived in time for the 2012 London Games.
Jim Lewis, a member of our 1954/55 title-winning side, who sadly passed away in November, played more games and scored more goals than any other player in the history of those finals, but there is a whole lot more to the relationship between our club and Team GB.
Chopper strolls down memory lane
Ron Harris is a true Chelsea legend, and the man who lifted the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup in the early 1970s talks us through his Blues photo album.
See Harris and former team-mates Terry Venables, Eddie McCreadie and Johnny Boyle embarking on a jog around a snow-ravaged Stamford Bridge pitch, and the former club captain also revels in the delight of beating Real Madrid on that unforgettable night in Athens in 1971. Chopper also pays tribute to two supremely talented footballers who are sadly no longer with us.
February's Chelsea is on sale now, priced £3.25 from the Chelsea Megastore and all good newsagents.