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Tammy Abraham keeping things positive despite winless streak and online abuse


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Stamford Bridge did not get to celebrate a win on Sunday unfortunately as Chelsea made it three in a row without a win, but there were still a few things to cheer about, including the homecoming of Frank Lampard and Mason Mount’s first Chelsea goal. One of the biggest cheers of the night was also reserved for Tammy Abraham, who was introduced for Olivier Giroud at the hour-mark. It was a heartening welcome for one of Chelsea’s own after a tough week on and off the pitch.

Abraham failed to convert the decisive penalty in the shootout against Liverpool on Wednesday, and afterwards was subject to sadly predictable but no less abhorrent racist abuse on social media. But the young man is keeping things positive in both regards, and is focused on the job at hand, becoming even more determined to prove the doubters and the haters wrong.

“I have had experiences of taking penalties under pressure [and] tucking them away. Unfortunately for me I missed.

“I was getting some abuse but for me I am a positive guy. I don’t listen to the rubbish, to the people who try to bring you down. I just try to keep the focus on me and keep going.”

“You just want to silence the haters. You just want to do your bit on the pitch [and] let the football do the talking.”

Alas, the football wasn’t saying too much good yesterday, but after a tough week of some vital promise, especially in the game against Liverpool, hopefully that was just a minor blip in a long season. Tammy believes Chelsea are moving in the right direction nonetheless, in both short- and long-term considerations. And as long as we believe, that may just turn out to be true.

“Things are looking positive. It is nice to know that the manager, with so much experience, believes in you, especially the young boys coming up. Things are looking good, especially for the Academy boys as well looking up to us who were players once in their shoes.”

-Tammy Abraham; source: Sky

Onwards and upwards!

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