Ramires explains yellow card
Chelsea goalscorer Ramires admits nerves were to blame after he earned a booking which will see him miss the UEFA Champions League final.
By Paulo Freitas
Last Updated: 25/04/12 9:04am
Chelsea goalscorer Ramires admits nerves were to blame after he earned a booking against Barcelona which will see him miss the UEFA Champions League final.
The Brazilian midfielder played a key role in helping his side overthrow the reigning champions over two legs, setting up Didier Drogba's winner at Stamford Bridge last week before netting a crucial away goal in Catalonia on Tuesday night as the Blues edged a 3-2 aggregate victory.
However, the 25-year-old will have no part to play in the decider against either Real Madrid or Bayern Munich having picked up a yellow card for dissent in the aftermath of Barca's second goal.
Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles are also ruled out after being booked in the second leg, while John Terry's first-half red card means the Blues will be without their captain for the final.
Ramires has revealed he was unhappy with Terry's sending off but admits the occasion got to him at Camp Nou after he confronted referee
He told Globo Esporte: "I was annoyed, I was complaining to the referee when they scored their second goal.
"I mentioned Terry's sending off, which he did not see. He did not accept my complaints.
"That happens, that is part of football. We all get nervous on the pitch, especially in a game like that. In any case, I will be in Munich to support my teammates".
Despite his disappointment at being ruled out of the decider, Ramires was proud to be involved in a semi-final victory he believes will be remembered for years to come.
He said: "We made history today, playing with 10 players. We showed effort, dedication, we ran and that will be registered in history.
"People in one, two, three years will see what happened and will say: Chelsea eliminated Barcelona at their own home."
Ramires admits his crucial goal marks one of the best moments of his career so far.
He added: "It was my first time at the Nou Camp and scoring such a goal, it is a very special moment in my career, in my life. It only confirms my great season."
The Brazilian believes Chelsea's shock win will have silenced the doubters and earned the Londoners more respect.
"We had already played a great game in London and I said we deserved respect, which was not happening," he said.
"We proved our value. We will be more respected in the future."