Ramires says Lampard's qualities as a player have helped him in management

Chelsea hero Ramires said he is not surprised that his former teammate Frank Lampard has been doing well in management due to his quality as a player.

The 33-year-old, who now plays for Palmeiras in his home country Brazil, is still a respected figure among the Chelsea fans.

Ramires joined Chelsea in 2010 from Benfica, bringing versatility and flair with him to Stamford Bridge.

He played in central midfield, left flank, right flank, and even as a full-back throughout his Chelsea career.

Ramires has had his say on Lampard’s step-up to management and attributed the boss’s qualities as a player to his relatively successful first season as Chelsea manager.

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He told the Mirror: “I knew Frank very well. His understanding of positional play is one of the best I have come across and he was always paying attention to movement so it’s easy if you’ve got eyes for such things.

“He had passion for the game and he had love and the energy was there and when there is that in the eyes it’s easy.

“You just have to look at my goal against Barcelona to tell his awareness I remember that I just ran in the goal direction to wait the pass. The ball came, and the rest is history.

“Sometimes, I have the impression that this goal is more remembered for Chelsea fans than the title (laughs). I can’t find words to describe that moment. I felt truly blessed.”

Ramires left Chelsea to join Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in 2016 before returning to Brazil last summer.

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