CHANGING FACES OF RAMIRES IN NEW MAGAZINE
The latest edition of Chelsea features an in-depth interview with Ramires, who speaks about the contrast between his character on and off the pitch.
Since signing for the Blues from Benfica in 2010, the Brazilian has gone on to establish himself as a regular in our midfield, and with the focus in the modern game as much on the collective as the individual, his versatility marks him out as the perfect squad member.
Quiet and unassuming away from the field of play, the 26-year-old is as fierce a competitor as you are likely to find when he steps over the white line, and he explains the reasons for this in the new magazine, which is now available to download.
'Players often say they have a different personality on the pitch compared to when they're away from football,' he tells Chelsea. 'I've always been like that, too. There's a reason for it: I believe you take on to the pitch what you have been through in life, what you have had to overcome. That's why I am this way on the pitch.
'It's because of all the hard work I've put in, all of the struggles I had, I bring these out there with me and it's a totally different personality to what I'm like off the pitch.
'I also expect a lot of myself. I expect that I do well; when I misplace a pass or do something wrong, I beat myself up, I want to correct it immediately. That's why people see me so fiery on the pitch. It's this mentality that I have to fight, to win.'
'I want to help Willian settle in - he's a really nice person with a good heart,' he says. 'I don't think he will have any trouble adapting on the pitch, either, but it's worth remembering that we all need a bit of time with this.
'I'm sure he's going to do this well and he's going to contribute to the team with his great performances on the pitch.
'What really impresses me is how Oscar is always looking to improve. He has got everything to be very, very successful - and he is so young! However, he is also so mature on the pitch; his play in the No.10 role is what you expect from an experienced player, not someone so young.
'He has got everything to win the Ballon d'Or one day. I am absolutely sure he will get there.'
While the majority of players tire as a match enters its closing stages, Ramires, more often than not, is still capable of producing the type of lung-busting run which can prove pivotal, something which has benefited the Blues on a number of occasions.
'Sometimes you can't keep this same pace and intensity for the full 90 minutes, but I always try,' he says. 'I'm lucky because I've got strength, a good physique and I'm very fit, so I can do a little bit of everything.
'When you are in the middle, you have to attack and defend efficiently; it's a very tricky thing to do. You always have to be aware of your duties and that's why the midfielder has to bring balance to his own play, not just for the team.
'If there is a ball I can't reach, maybe this will come back to bite us and it ends up with the other team scoring - that kills me, I can't bring myself to forget it.
'I have to always do as much as I can. One little thing that you didn't manage to do, one ball that you didn't manage to reach, can affect the whole team.'
Golden Graham looks back
Elsewhere in the magazine, George Graham is the subject of this month's 'Chelsea Icon' feature, with the former midfielder reflecting on an exciting period at the club, as well as sharing his thoughts on the goalscoring exploits of Bobby Tambling and being the not-so-proud holder of an unwanted club record.
Reflecting on a cup classic
The Capital One Cup was once known as the Milk Cup in a previous form, and it was in that competition when the Blues - or Yellows, as we were on the night - played out one of the most dramatic matches in our history, sharing eight goals with Sheffield Wednesday in 1985. With the help of Kerry Dixon, Paul Canoville and Mickey Thomas, who all played in the game, the magazine looks back on what was an unforgettable night for so many reasons.
Cesar's memorable matches
Cesar Azpilicueta scored his first goal for the club in last week's cup win at Arsenal, and in the latest edition of Chelsea, the right-back picks out some of the matches which have helped shape his career, citing his Blues debut, a Copa del Rey quarter-final and his most important game for the Spanish national side to date.
Thorpe on Chelsea
As a cricketer, Graham Thorpe enjoyed an impressive career both for Surrey and England, and when it comes to football he's a passionate Blues follower. In the new magazine he explains why Pat Nevin is his favourite all-time player, praises the Jose Mourinho influence and remembers living next door to a young child who would go on to join our Academy.
And there's more
As well as all of this, the new edition of the magazine reflects on World Cup 2014 qualification, rifles through the club photo album and takes a look at our participation in a little-known European competition in the 1930s.
The December edition of Chelsea is available now from all good newsagents and the Stamford Bridge Megastore, priced £3.25.
Individual digital issues of Chelsea are available for just £2.99, and you can click on the relevant link below to buy yours now.