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Ramires: We are all aware of the importance of tonight


Midfielder Ramires says Chelsea cannot afford to relax against West Ham United in the Premier League on Wednesday.

The Blues face Sam Allardyce's men three days after winning the Capital One Cup on Sunday at Wembley.

But the 27-year-old insists the squad is re-focused and ready for what he describes as an important game.

"When I came into training on Monday, the focus was already on the game against West Ham," Ramires told the club's official website.

"Obviously there was still a bit of euphoria, but not as much as on Sunday, because we are all aware of the importance of tonight.

"We have so many big games with one on top of the other and it's difficult to look beyond the next one.

"Hopefully, later in the season there will be plenty of time for celebrations if we achieve our targets, but for now our focus is only on West Ham and getting the three points away from home.

"Upton Park is a nice stadium, a quality pitch and I have some great memories of playing there.

"I know there is a big rivalry between the supporters and it's a classic fixture, a big London derby, but it's the players on the pitch who decide the outcome of the game.

"Their fans can roar and apply the pressure on us, but we have a good record there, I don't remember too many defeats.

"We feel comfortable and we're looking forward to it."

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