Alex - Ramires like Essien
Chelsea defender Alex has compared new signing Ramires to current midfield star Michael Essien.
Last Updated: 18/08/10 1:13pm
Chelsea defender Alex has compared the club's new signing Ramires to current midfield star Michael Essien.
Brazil international Ramires completed a big-money move to Stamford Bridge from Benfica last week and has been handed the No.7 shirt.
Alex feels his compatriot's playing style is similar to that of Essien and is confident Ramires will be a success for the Premier League champions.
"I was talking with Jose Bosingwa and we were saying how Ramires is a lot like Michael Essien," Alex told the club's official website.
"He's not as strong as Essien, but he has the same style on the pitch.
"He goes forward very quickly, then he comes back and marks very well. He's a very good player.
"It's very important for me and the team that the midfielders go to shoot and arrive at the goal, but then get back to mark.
"He's almost the same as Michael Essien like that, so I am expecting a lot of goals, which is important for us.
"He will get to play with Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard, we have a very good midfield group and he will do a great job for us."