Blues ace reveals on-pitch rivalry with fellow countryman and friend.
Chelsea star Ramires and Tottenham Hotspur ace Paulinho are not speaking to each other ahead of today’s Capital One Cup final clash between the two sides.
According to the Daily Star, Ramires says he prefers not to be in touch with friends when he comes up against them in big games, though he expects their relationship to resume as normal after the game is over this afternoon.
“Paulinho and me are very good friends off the pitch and I’ve played against him several times before but we will have to see if we are both going to be playing in this final,” Ramires said.
“We both know it’s a big, big game but on the pitch there are no friends.
“Then life goes on and my friendship with Paulinho will go on as well I’m sure.
“But there will be no text or call between us before Sunday. There is already enough stuff going around.
“I know he’s not going to text or call me either and I definitely prefer it that way.”