Ramires admits there is intense pressure playing for Chelsea
Brazil midfielder Ramires has revealed he feels under more pressure at Chelsea than at any other point in his club career. "At Cruzeiro and Benfica, there was also huge pressure to get good results," the 23-year-old explained.
"The difference at Chelsea is that the level of visibility is so much greater.
"That means you're singled out more when you play badly and there's more hype when you play well."
Some foreign players have found it difficult to adapt to the speed and physicality of English football but Ramires believes he has almost cracked it already.
He said: "As well as being a player who tries to start moves when I have the ball, I've always liked a tackle, so that's why I'm not finding it very hard to adapt.
"I'm already getting used to the speed of the game over here.
"All I need to do now is to keep working hard to earn my spot in the side and help the team stay as successful as they've been in recent years."
An injury to Frank Lampard two months ago gave Ramires his big chance at his new club.
"Since then, I've played a few times as a box-to-box midfielder, which is my original position and the same one where Mano Menezes has been using me for the national team," he said.
"But, to be honest, it's not hard for me to play anywhere in midfield.
"I'll play whichever way Ancelotti thinks works best for the team at any given time."
And Ramires believes he can only get better, especially once he overcomes the language barrier.
"I'd never played in a country with a different language before, which makes things a bit trickier, but I'm taking English classes and hope to get a handle on it soon," he said.
"There are times when I'll have an off day or not perform as well as expected, just like any other player, but that won't have anything to do with how I've adapted or not.
"The players here at Chelsea couldn't have welcomed me any better and the club provide me with everything I could need."