Chelsea were criticized for “parking the bus”, especially against Barcelona, but Ramires says that style of football should not be synonymous to the Blues.
“This anti-football is not Chelsea’s style, we only played that way in those games against Barcelona, when we played against Napoli, we needed to score a goal and we did it, when almost nobody believed we would,” he told Radio Estado ESPN.
The Brazilian considers the usage of defensive tactics against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final to be a shrewd tactical move on the part of manager Roberto Di Matteo.
“If we tried to play as equals against Barcelona, we would have conceded five or six goals. We watched some videos of Barcelona and decided for that strategy,” Ramires stated.
“We knew we could beat them on counter-attack and we were happy for achieving that. If you don’t play that way, you can’t beat them.”
“It’s not only Chelsea that plays that way against Barcelona. We watched that game where Real Madrid beat them 2-1, playing the same way we did,” he said.
“Barcelona move the ball around a lot, tiring opponents that have to run after the ball. In our case, we scored that goal and then we took a defensive stance. If we always win playing that way, I’ll choose to win.”