Ramires the latest to face Benitez axe at Chelsea

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is ready to axe Ramires. The Mirror says Benitez accepts the heat is on after his winless three-game start as Roberto Di Matteo’s ­replacement.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez is ready to axe Ramires.

The Mirror says Benitez accepts the heat is on after his winless three-game start as Roberto Di Matteo’s ­replacement.

And he is set to react by restructuring his side against Danish minnows Nordsjaelland on Wednesday.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires is understood to be first in the Benitez firing-line with the interim manager deeply unhappy at his contribution.

The midfielder’s discipline in a central midfield role has been questioned by Benitez, who is ready to sideline him.

But he has also been ­frustrated by the lack of different options in his attacking line behind misfiring Fernando Torres.

While the Spaniard accepts the trio of Juan Mata, Oscar and Eden Hazard all have technical ability he is understood to think they are simply far too similar as players.

It means it is unlikely the three will start together in that attacking line, with Victor Moses, seen as more direct and purposeful, set for an extended chance to prove himself a genuine Chelsea player.

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