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Chelsea midfielder Ramires says Di Matteo has eased pressure on team

April 4, 2012 - London

Chelsea midfielder Ramires has claimed that the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as the club's interim coach after the axing of Andre Villas-Boas has eased the pressure of them, which in turn has allowed the players to find new confidence.

"We began to realize we are a great team, with great players, and have built from our first victory - in Roberto's first game - and gone from strength to strength," The Telegraph quoted Ramires, as saying.

Ramires admitted that the change of management had a positive effect on the squad as a whole, even if that can sometimes be not deliberate, especially with a temporary replacement in charge.

"It's difficult, difficult. Realistically, it's tough to say and hard to explain," Ramires said.

"We went through a tough period, obviously, and have taken strength from this change in the coach, found new confidence after the change, feeling more respect in ourselves. Roberto has instilled great confidence in us," he added.


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