Chelsea players must take some responsibility, says Ramires

Ramires believes Chelsea will get nowhere unless they give André Villas-Boas time to make his impact on the Blues' squad

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Ramires has launched a staunch defence of Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas, insisting the players must take their share of responsibility for their recent string of poor results.

Villas-Boas replaced Carlo Ancelotti in the summer but the Portuguese manager has endured a difficult start to his reign at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea eight points adrift league leaders Manchester City.

But Ramires believes that in a period of transition the results are always likely to be mixed as the team adapts to the manager’s new ideas – and that replacing the 34-year-old coach is not the solution.

“If André leaves, someone else will come – and if it keeps going on like that, we won’t get anywhere,” Ramires told the Sun.

“The players know what André has done for the club. It’s an injustice to make the manager the one who’s responsible for everything that happens with a team.

“He’s doing what he can until the players go on the pitch. From that moment, it’s not up to him, it’s not for him to run or compete for a ball.

“This is all part of the period of adaptation. We’re trying to do what he wants but, unfortunately, there are times when we won’t win.

“We’re not playing badly. We have to go on the pitch with a seriousness and desire to win until the end.”

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