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Ramires eyes Corinthians showdown

8 July 2012 08:52

Chelsea midfielder Ramires is relishing the prospect of a clash with Brazilian side Corinthians at the Club World Cup.

Roberto Di Matteo's side, who qualified for the tournament through their Champions League success, could come up against Copa Libertadores winners Corinthians at the FIFA tournament in Japan.

And the 25-year-old Ramires said there may be split loyalties among his family members should the two sides meet in December.

"Many of my friends and relatives support Corinthians, and I hope they don't have doubts about who they will support, or we will have problems," he told Globo Esporte.

"No teams have a guaranteed place in the final, but if that happens, it will be a great game."

The former Cruzeiro man also claimed his experiences in Brazilian football could well give him the inside track on the Sao Paulo outfit.

"I follow Brazilian football and I have played against most Corinthians players," he said.

"If Roberto Di Matteo asks my opinion, I can tell him what I think about them. There are some things I can say about their strengths, but I can't tell you. I will keep it as a secret so that I don't help our opponents."

The midfielder said the Club World Cup, often regarded more highly in South America than Europe, holds a special place in his heart.

"I grew up seeing the effort Brazilian clubs put into winning this competition and for me this title would be a dream come true," he said.

"This is part of our football culture. I came close in 2009 but that was not possible. Now I'll do everything I can to win this title for the first time, it will be very important for my CV."

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