Ramires - A game for gladiators

Chelsea midfielder not intimidated by Barcelona

Ramires: Looking forward to the most important match of his career against Barcelona

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Ramires is looking forward to the most important match of his career on Tuesday and believes the pressure that Barcelona will be under to score can be exploited by Chelsea.

Roberto Di Matteo's men hold a slender 1-0 advantage as they head into the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou.

Didier Drogba scored the only goal of the game at Stamford Bridge and Ramires is confident the Blues can produce a similar performance to finish the job.

The Brazilian midfielder maintains that he has no fear about going into such a formidable arena as he says Barca have shown themselves to be fallible.

"They don't intimidate me, Barca are not invincible," Ramires said in the Sun on Sunday.

"This is a game for gladiators, we can eliminate Barcelona.

"The pressure will be on Barcelona. They have to score and we can exploit that.


"We have showed it at Stamford Bridge. We have taken the first step - but our advantage is minimal. They are favourites.

"This is the most important match of my career.

"Our dream is to play in the final in Munich and we are just 90 minutes from that."

Ramires believes Drogba could again be Chelsea's main attacking weapon in Spain, with the striker set to be fit for duty after recovering from a knee problem.

"Didi is a forward who always responds in the most complicated moments," said Ramires.

"He showed it with the first goal against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi and the winner against Barcelona. He is a player I would always want in my team."

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