Ramires: Chelsea have made history against Barcelona

The 25-year-old midfielder revelled in the historic triumph for the Premier League club and believes the Blues will be more respected in Europe after ousting the Liga giants
Chelsea midfielder Ramires was over the moon to see his side defeat Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final tie.

The Brazil international scored Chelsea's first goal of the night as the Blues secured an impressive 2-2 draw at Camp Nou after they had won the first leg in London 1-0.

"We made history," Ramires told Globoesporte. "We played with 10 men, but we showed commitment and dedication, we ran and we went after the goal, and this will forever remain in history.

"In one or two years, people will say: 'Chelsea eliminated Barca at Camp Nou'. Our season has not been very good, but we proved we wanted to reach the finals.

"We already had a great game in London and I said we deserved to be respected, which had not been in the case.

"From now on, we will be more respected."

Ramires was thrilled to have paved the way for his side's recovery after Barca had taken a 2-0 lead, but disputed the notion that he was Chelsea's hero.

"My goal at the end of the first half was very important," he explained. "It was my first match at Camp Nou, and to score a goal like this was wonderful.

"It is certainly a very special moment of my career, and it only confirms the great season that I am having.

"I do not think I am a hero. On the field, I just try to give my best to help the team. Thanks to God, I assisted Didier Drogba for the goal at Stamford Bridge, and now I scored the goal which put us back in the game.

"God knows what he is doing, and one needs to be humble."