It can be recalled that Ramires signed for Chelsea in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti and was part of the squad when Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in 2013. Mourinho described his first season back at Chelsea as a transition season although the Blues finished third in the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Ramires has now revealed that it was the UCL semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid in 2014 that turned the tables in Mourinho’s return to Chelsea. The Blues played a goalless draw in Spain in the first leg and had to win at Stamford Bridge to qualify.
They took the lead in the game through Fernando Torres just before half-time but the Spaniards fought back in the second half and scored three goals from Adrian Lopez, Diego Costa, and Arda Turan to seal a place in the final.
The result didn’t go down well with the Portuguese gaffer who openly criticized star man Eden Hazard for falling asleep whilst marking Juanfran and allowing him to square the ball to Adrian to slot home.
He added that Hazard was not mentally ready to carry out his defensive duties and blamed the Belgian for things going bad for the Blues on the night. In a chat with FourFourTwo, Ramires said:
“That had a big impact because he started to lose control of the squad,” admits Ramires.
“It’s one thing to say something internally, but it’s totally different to criticize someone publicly.
“Hazard was our main player, and what he did affected Eden’s game.
“Hazard used to collect the ball and attack the opposition. He started to pass the ball much more, and we missed our main attacking threat.”
Although Chelsea won the Premier League the following season, Ramires admitted that there were still grievances being borne from the outcome of the Atletico Madrid defeat and this resulted in players jumping on the anti-Mourinho bandwagon resulting in Mourinho’s sack in the 2015/16 season.
Ramires added: “The atmosphere became really heavy. There were guys who were already angry because they weren’t playing.
“When something like that happened with Hazard, those who weren’t playing had another ally against the manager.
“It became a snowball that only got bigger. It reached a stage where nothing would improve.”