Ramires: 'English crowds are big motivation'

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Ramires reveals that English crowds are the biggest motivation for his Chelsea performances.

Ramires has revealed that the English crowds are the biggest influence on his performances for Chelsea.

The Brazilian has become a major part of Chelsea's midfield since joining from Benfica in 2010.

Since the departure of Carlo Ancelotti, the 24-year-old has been given much more freedom in the hub of Chelsea's midfield. Current boss Andre Villas-Boas has even left out usual starter Frank Lampard rather than drop Ramires this season.

"With Ancelotti I had to keep in line. I couldn't run forward as much. Now I have the responsibility to score," said Ramires.

"What differentiates the English game is that home and away it's blow for blow with physical force counting a lot. All games are tough.

"It's great to go out on to the pitch with a big crowd all expectant. You want to put on a good show for them, a good performance, you want to play well. Personally it's a big motivation, hearing the crowd at home willing you on."

Ramires was part of the Chelsea side that drew 0-0 with Norwich on Saturday.

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