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2019 05 24 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has outlined the role former Chelsea defender John Terry played in his decision to join Aston Villa on loan this season] He was on the phone to me every day as soon as he heard the link. He told me it was such a good club and I would love it here. Even though he doesn’t play my position he has always supported me and he has been a massive role model for me.
2019 05 28 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham remains uncertain where his future lies] If Chelsea say they need me there, I will put my 100 per cent in. I am still young, I am still improving. The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football. A team like Chelsea is always difficult because they have got world-class players. It is always going to be difficult to bring in youngsters and bring in people like myself - it is a big role. But for me, it is about believing in myself and just keep doing what I do.
It looked like I was going to Wolves [in January]. I think certain situations happened with the FA, something about playing for three teams in one year or something like that … but the coach spoke to me he said: ‘Listen, stay here, we believe in you, the boys believe in you, the fans believe in you and we’ll get promoted’. I am glad I did. It wasn’t my first choice to come to the Championship, but I don’t look back on it [badly]. It has been a fantastic year for me and the boys as well, and to clinch it off we got promoted
[With Villa now a top-tier outfit once more, Abraham admits that he could be tempted back to the club if he is forced to look outside of west London for minutes once more] I love being here. It is a massive club. It is an honour to wear the badge, so I am proud. I just need to enjoy my night with the boys before I think about the future. I have got the [U21] Euros coming up as well so I have to focus on that. You can never say never. You never know what could happen
2019 06 15 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is looking to make a breakthrough at Chelsea, but a second spell at Aston Villa is not being ruled out] You can never say never. Chelsea is obviously the club that I have been at since a young [boy] so the aim is to try and breakthrough there. Like I say, you can never say never. We’ll see how things look.
I looked at both, I was excited. It’s good to see Aston Villa in the Premier League so I still follow them on social media - I always look out for them as well
2019 06 23 Retrieve
[Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham believes there ‘is no better guy to play under’ than Frank Lampard] Yes, if it was him to take over the job, I believe in myself. There is no better guy [than Lampard] to play under. Someone you have grown up watching, been at Chelsea forever. He knows about me as well. I played against his team in the play-off final.
This year is the most important year for us, It is now or never. There will never be a better time to play the youngsters. Of course the transfer ban is probably not what the club wanted, but I am excited and I am sure the rest of the players are. There is a great chance for us so we must get our heads down at training and go for it at Chelsea. I have already been talking to the club about pre-season. I’m going to have a couple of weeks and then come back hitting the ground running
2019 07 22 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham hopes he can earn a place in Frank Lampard’s starting XI at Chelsea next season, despite facing strong competition from Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi] I’ve been here since the age of six and there’s been no better opportunity to graft and work hard for a starting spot and a place in the team for a massive club such as Chelsea. With the new manager in charge, all things look possible, so it gives the young lads and a lot of the players the chance to believe. You can already see in pre-season and even in training, he comes to speak to us and give us instructions on what to do, what to improve on, what he likes. It’s always good to have a manager who speaks to players, not just the senior players but the younger players as well. It’s a massive opportunity for us
There’s pressure everywhere I go and everywhere I’ve been, that’s football for you. I like the pressure, it drives me on. Having competition like Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi, that’s fantastic competition up there as well, so I’m striving to do better. I’ve just got to work hard in training. The manager has told me what he likes in me and what he wants me to continue doing. I just need to improve that other side of my game. He knows I can score goals, it’s just the defensive side of my game. I just need to work hard for the team, give 100 per cent in training and hopefully get my opportunity
2019 07 23 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham appears ready to play a big role at Chelsea this season] I am honoured to wear the No. 9 shirt at Chelsea. It was a fantastic performance by everyone today. I spoke to the manager and he asked me if I am ready to take the No. 9. I said I am ready. I am glad he offered the No. 9. I think football brings a lot of pressure but it strives me on. It gives me that extra belief to go on and do well
[Abraham, however, is not concerning himself with talk that his new number at Chelsea carries any sort of a curse] I have heard all the rubbish about the [curse] of the No. 9 shirt. I am just here to play my game and do my best
2019 07 24 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has revealed that he has been watching and learning from Tottenham and Manchester City stars Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero] That’s one thing I learnt. When I was a bit younger if I was to miss a chance my head would be gone for a while. I’ve been watching the best strikers in the world - Harry Kane, Aguero - once they miss a chance they just stay focused, keep going again and they get their goal. That’s what I had to do and luckily another chance came for me and I took it.
[Playing a run of games] does help. The more games, the more experiences you go through. For me, obviously it’s not going to come easy at Chelsea but I’ve got a manager who believes in the young lads and believes in giving opportunities to players so for me it’s about doing my best and hopefully I’ll be knocking on the manager’s door. For a lot of the young lads this is our opportunity to impress and work hard. I’ve grown up and played with most of them when I was younger. We’ve got fantastic footballers here but it’s about learning the other side and the manager bringing in how he wants to defend and it’s just about learning that aspect as well
[Tammy Abraham says he would be delighted if he could bring his Aston Villa form to Stamford Bridge] I don’t give too much away [on setting a target for goals this season] If I can get anywhere near what I got last season at Aston Villa I’ll be more than happy. Obviously it’s about the team, score goals and help the team as much as possible and I’m happy. Now the first goal’s out of the way, now it’s about pushing on and trying to get more
2019 07 27 Retrieve
[Abraham has been given the No.9 shirt for next term as the forward trio use pre-season to try to earn a chance to start away at Manchester United in the first Premier League game of the campaign] I am honoured to wear the No. 9 shirt at Chelsea. It was a fantastic performance by everyone. I spoke to the manager and he asked me if I am ready to take the No.9. I said I am ready. I am glad he offered the No.9. I think football brings a lot of pressure but it strives me on. It gives me that extra belief to go on and do well
2019 08 15 Retrieve
[Kick it Out has condemned the disgusting alleged racist abuse aimed at Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham in the wake of Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool] Such abuse is now increasingly predictable, but no less disgusting. We send our support to Tammy and reiterate our call for Twitter and other social companies to clamp down on this level of abuse. This is a call to action - we want to know what they are going to do to tackle this insidious problem
2019 08 15b Retrieve
[Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham ready for more penalty duty despite Super Cup miss] I’m always someone who believes in myself on penalties. I had a few last season and a few important ones. Unfortunately today, probably one of my most important ones, I missed. It’s about how I react and just get my head up. I need to keep going. I’ve scored a few. Unfortunately, I missed one of the most important ones for Chelsea. Keep going. They say the top players always miss penalties and it’s about how you react. I’ve just got to keep pushing myself. The boys have made it feel like nothing has even happened. Everyone’s had their arms around me. They’ve said the best players miss, it’s something to learn from. It’s better it happened now than later on. You grow into a man and learn from it. It’s a great bunch of boys. Now we’ve just got to focus on the game against Leicester
[Abraham hadn’t given thought to his opposite number’s actions, despite confusion about why VAR wasn’t used in the UEFA showpiece] It is what it is. If they saw it, they saw. If they didn’t, they didn’t. That’s football at the end of the day
[He also struck home the winning penalty in the Championship Play-Off semi-final against West Brom] It still hasn’t kicked in yet. I think when you’re given a chance like this you have to give your all for the team and feel like we’re really getting somewhere and things are looking positive. A lot of the boys see the way he wants us to play. We tried to play like that today. We showed a lot of glimpses of what we can do. We’re a threat. We’re good defensively and we can attack. We just have to build, go into the game on Sunday. Hopefully, get three points.
I can’t ask for a better bunch of lads. I just have to push this season and hopefully we can be up there to fight for the title. Yeah we would’ve liked to win today and at United. Still early doors. Still got a long season ahead. Still in big competitions as well. It’s about how we react now. The points on Sunday will be massive for us. I think the fans will be behind us [against Leicester City]. We’ve given two good performances and they can see that. I believe they’ll be behind us and hopefully, we can give them a performance.
2019 08 24 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is doing what he always dreamed of after opening his senior goal account for Chelsea in a 3-2 victory over Norwich] It is something I have always dreamed about doing. To score for my childhood club. To get into the first team and to start scoring goals. I am just happy I can help my team
[And the forward said of his boss] I didn’t even know how to celebrate so I just ran over to the management and the staff. It always gives confidence to me and the young boys when Frank Lampard believes in you
[Abraham said on helping to secure a much-needed three points] I wouldn’t say it’s a relief but we knew we had to win. The first two games of the season were tough. We came here knowing we needed the three points
[He added on the challenge posed by newly-promoted Norwich] We knew coming here was never going to be easy, it’s always tough. We started off on the front foot, we knew we had to. We conceded but we came in to dressing room and knew there would be more chances
2019 08 25 Retrieve
[Chelsea (3) vs (2) Norwich. Tammy Abraham says his underwhelming start to the season served to motivate him as he opened his Chelsea account against Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday] I know I have had a bit of a sticky time at the start of the season, but I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me. It drives me on. Now I have scored two good goals and hopefully I can keep scoring for Chelsea. This is football at the end of the day. You just have to enjoy it as much as you can. It’s not a long career, so while you’re out there you just have to give your best and just enjoy it. I have always believed in myself
[A man known for his predatory instincts rather than an eye for the spectacular] It was my first goal outside the box! I saw space to run in to. [Mateo] Kovacic found me with a good pass. I got it onto my stronger side and took the shot from outside the box. It turned out to be a good finish. We went into the dressing room at half-time and said we needed to stay in the game, stay patient, defend well, and we would get another goal. That’s what we did. We knew we needed to win. The first two games of the season was never easy. This game was very important and to get the three points is massive
2019 08 26 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has applauded Frank Lampard for giving Chelsea’s younger players extra confidence] It’s always nice to have that support behind you, especially how he supports the young lads. He gives us confidence. When a coach believes in you, you just want to do your best and give 100 per cent
[Despite a difficult start to the season, Abraham still has plenty of faith in his ability and has his sights set on scoring regularly after breaking his duck] I have always believed in myself. I know I have had a bit of a sticky time at the start of the season, but I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me. It drives me on. Now I have scored two good goals and hopefully I can keep scoring for Chelsea. This is football at the end of the day. You just have to enjoy it as much as you can. It’s not a long career, so while you’re out there you just have to give your best and just enjoy it
2019 09 10 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has revealed his mother was brought to tears after recent racial abuse was directed at her son on social media] I remember speaking to my mum, she was emotional, she was in tears. You know, she’s just thinking: ‘Why him? Why him?’ It’s obviously not nice to hear, especially seeing your son getting abused. For me, I’m always a strong character, it doesn’t affect me as much. But saying that, it could affect people who don’t have my personality. It was a challenging moment for me, I went through a lot of emotions
[Abraham, who has gone on to score four goals for Chelsea this season, is shocked to see racism is still so visible] I thought it was long gone. Of course you’re always going to get it now and then in certain countries but no, I didn’t think it would be an issue in our day and age
I had a lot of abuse but Frank Lampard always had his arm around my shoulder, lifted me up. Straight after, the boys, manager and everyone at Chelsea had my back. The next day, [Lampard] called me to find out how I was. He didn’t want to go over the situation because he knew how I was feeling, but just wanted to find out how I was, make sure that I wasn’t distracted from football and my personal life was all right. It’s nice to have that support behind you when you’re going through times like that
2019 09 10b Retrieve
[NFF president Melvin Amaju Pinnick remains hopeful that Tammy Abraham will still switch countries while he is allowed to do so] We will not relent in our quest for good players to play for the country and win laurels. We will keep talking to good players of Nigerian descent to play for their fatherland. But like you know, these kids are very independent-minded. In fact, we have been told to wait until April 2020, when he hopes to make a final decision on the matter. I told him that he stood a better chance of playing regularly for Nigeria than with England, which has a galaxy of strikers of the English stock
2019 09 10c Retrieve
[Will Tammy Abraham switch country allegiances?] I was pretty set on England really. It was flattering [Nigeria wanted me], but for me my main focus was here. [Nigeria] tried to [persuade me]. I see myself as being a long-term England player - I am 100 per cent focused here to try and get into that team
2019 09 10d Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham says he is looking to emulate club legend Didier Drogba, a player he grew up idolising] I have so many stories from when I was younger watching him, growing up watching such a talented striker. I’ve always wanted to be like him, always hungry to score goals.
[Drogba confirmed his retirement only last fall, after finishing his career in North America with the Montreal Impact of MLS and then second-division Phoenix Rising FC] Just looking at him he had that appearance about him. And I’ve always wanted to add that to my game. So to follow in his footsteps [as the club’s main striker] is always nice
[Abraham credits new Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for showing faith in him even after a difficult opening to the season] He’s always believed in me. He’s believed in the youngsters and believed in me. A lot of players have downsides to the game but even when I was going for that little spell, he still believed in me
2019 09 14 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is hoping 2019-20 will be his season, with the Chelsea striker making history while netting a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Wolves] I hope this is my season. I have to keep working hard in every training session, every game. Every game I want to prove myself to the gaffer
Today the plan, it worked well. We were disappointed about the Sheffield United game and not coming away with all three points so we brought that disappointment into this game as motivation. We have trained really hard since coming back from internationals
[Chelsea allowed Wolves to pull two goals back, with Abraham] We would have loved the clean sheet but there were lots of important moments throughout the game. They are what we need to take forwards. We were great on the counter-attack and now we keep pushing forwards
2019 09 15 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has left the door open to joining up with the Nigeria national team, leaving England insecure over his future] Yes, I have heard the talk. I have not really been focused on that yet. I think when the time comes, the times comes. It is about focusing on Chelsea and hopefully scoring goals and getting victories. We never know. You can never say never, whatever comes first really. I just have to keep full focus on Chelsea. It has been a good day at the office for the boys and me. Coming here is never easy. We played well, thankfully, I scored three and we got the three points
[Abraham is grateful for the interest Wolves showed but is glad he has remained in west London to see the new manager Frank Lampard offer him a chance] A team like Wolves are a great side and I was always honoured to hear that news. My dream was to always be at Chelsea, play at Chelsea and right now I am living the dream. I am always a player who believed in myself. I had a rough patch after what I went through against Liverpool. I always believed I would come through it and get on top of it. The boys have always been there to support me and have created the chances. It is just about me being in the right place at the right time. I am delighted to be scoring goals for a team I have grown up loving and have always wanted to play for. It is just an amazing feeling. I just have to keep this going and we hopefully keep getting wins as well. That’s the most important thing
[Chelsea will quickly turn their focus to their return to the Champions League as they welcome Valencia to Stamford Bridge] That’s the next target [to score in Europe]. We move on from this game. We have got the points. We have another thing to focus on and that’s Tuesday in the Champions League. It hasn’t kicked in yet. I have grown up watching big stars playing in the Champions League. To play in it myself would be a dream. Players like the gaffer, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry, great legends. They have been there and done it. I want to follow the same path
2019 10 02 Retrieve
[Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was delighted to see his side secure a 2-1 victory over Lille in the Champions League, calling the Blues win massive] We knew we needed to win. I knew I would get a chance and I took it well. Never an easy place to play and Willian scores a worldie - no surprise there. The manager always wants to mix things up, we can play any system. This is massive
2019 10 03 Retrieve
[Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham says he has not decided on his international future as Gareth Southgate prepares to name his latest England squad. Abraham won two England caps in a pair of friendlies in November 2017 but remains eligible for a change of allegiance to Nigeria] It is always a privilege to be wanted by both nations. I love both nations and for me I am clearly doing something right for Chelsea. My time will come. I haven’t made a decision yet. I am focusing on the club
2019 10 08 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is looking to fully commit to England, with the Chelsea striker eager to become a regular in the Three Lions fold and bring a debate regarding his international allegiance to a close] Back then in 2017, it was all about me being young. It was a good experience, for me. So, to be going back now, I had my experiences out on loan, I’m back and now it’s time to stay here. For me, it’s a massive achievement [to be in the squad]. I’m clearly doing something right for my club to get attention from Gareth Southgate. It’s about going out there, helping the team as much as possible. And then coming back in and doing the same job for my team
I’m a player growing up in England, playing in the Premier League. My ambitions were always to play for England. Obviously it’s nice to be wanted by two nations, two nations that I love. But my main focus is England
[He said of Kane] For me, Harry Kane’s the greatest striker in the world. I would put him up there. I was talking to [Chelsea and England midfielder] Ross Barkley the other day and said I’ve never seen a finisher like him. Ross was saying him, Jermain Defoe, and all sorts. But when you look at Harry Kane, if he gets a chance in the box, nine times out of 10, it’s a goal. So I’ll go there, learn off him and hopefully be like him
[If Abraham can learn from Kane and carry those lessons into his own England career] It’s massive for me and all the England lads too. I’m a player who has grown up watching the likes of Harry Kane and to be going away with them, it’s an honour for me. Now it’s all about me staying in the team and doing well for my club, and hopefully I’ll be there in 2020
2019 10 08b Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has revealed England captain Harry Kane has said the Three Lions are willing to walk off the pitch if any players suffer racist abuse in their next Euro 2020 qualifiers] Harry Kane said that if it happens [racist abuse] and we’re not happy with it, we speak to the player and if he’s not happy, we all come off the pitch together. It’s a team thing. Don’t isolate one person, we’re a whole team. If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us. Harry Kane did ask the question about instead of going through the three steps, if we decide that we want to stop the game and we want to stop the game - no matter what the score is - if we’re not happy with it, as a team we’ll decide whether or not to stay on the pitch
2019 10 11 Retrieve
[Abraham reveals special moment Lampard whispered to Chelsea trio: You’re all in the England squad!] It was after the Lille game. He didn’t want to tell us before but I think he knew before the game. We’d just won, we’re buzzing and the gaffer comes and grabs me, Fikayo and Mason and whispers ‘you’re all in the England squad’. We looked at each other and were buzzing. We hugged each other and made a Snapchat video
You don’t really think: this is how I’m going to react when I get called up for England kind of thing, obviously the manager told me and I was kind of like ‘oh’. Yeah [it was surreal], I remember I called my dad after. Obviously we won [against Lille] and he was like ‘well done on the game’ and I was like ‘yeah dad, I’m going to get called up to the England squad’. He was like ‘nah’ and I just said ‘yeah!’ He asked how did I know and I just said the manager just told me. He just started shouting down the phone ‘wheeeeey’. Obviously those are the kind of moments you never forget. I’m watching football most of the time with my dad. So I’m watching England with my dad, I’m watching Champions League with my dad, Match of the Day. So for him to share those moments with me, it’s nice to do that
2019 10 14 Retrieve
[Three Lions striker Tammy Abraham suggested Kane would lead the players off the pitch if any racism occurred and they were unhappy about it] Harry Kane said that if it happens [racist abuse] and we’re not happy with it, we speak to the player and if he’s not happy, we all come off the pitch together. It’s a team thing. Don’t isolate one person, we’re a whole team. If it happens to one of us, it happens to all of us
2019 10 20 Retrieve
[Abraham said after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Newcastle] I look at Oli like an older brother. I’m always learning from him on the training pitch and I’ve grown up watching him. He’s always supporting me. When someone’s doing well and scoring goals you have to support them and that’s what he is doing for me. I look at different strikers. Ollie is obviously not the fastest striker in the world, but what he has is unbelievable.
His one-touch play, his hold-up play, his one-touch finishing, I just take those little things that I see in training. If the ball is coming into the box off the ground, his volleying and everything is on point, so you have to take those little things and add them to your game. I’m a visual learner. I like to watch and take people’s ideas. And add them to myself - the same with Michy Batshuayi, he is also a great striker. For me to be training with these two players is wonderful
2019 10 20b Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham thinks that FC Ajax are similar to the Blues given their emphasis on youth] We know it’s a massive game for us. Ajax are like us, with a lot of young players that like to keep the ball and play good football. Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly. It’s not going to be easy but I believe in myself and my team. Hopefully, we can get a result there
2019 11 03 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham says a training ground focus on improving his understanding with Christian Pulisic paid off in Chelsea’s confident 2-1 win at Watford] He is a good player to play with. We have been working in training on movement for when he crosses it or I cross it. We know where we are going to be in the box and it is just about getting the ball to him
[Still, two goals ultimately proved enough for Frank Lampard’s men to claim a seventh successive away win in all competitions] We dominated the vast majority of the game and credit to Ben Foster, he made some great saves in the first half and the second half as well. In the last 10 minutes they were in the game, they got their penalty and they created a few chances at the end, but it was great spirit we showed out there to take all three points. We go away and we expect the home crowd to support their team and we know there is no room for error, so we have to be on our game. Every time we go away we are always hungry and we want to disappoint their home crowd and that is by us winning. It is always nice on our journey back home to be happy so we want to win and play well as a team
2019 11 08 Retrieve
[when asked who was the club’s best youth player in an interview last season] Jeremie Boga, he is someone we always believed in
2019 11 09 Retrieve
[Abraham notched his tenth goal of the season against the Eagles, which puts him level with Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot] It wasn’t our best game today, you can see that. The most important thing was that we got the three points. At half-time the manager said we need to stay focused as the chances will come and we came out in the second half much better and got the two goals. Crystal Palace are a good side. They defend well as a team and in the first half, they frustrated our style of play. Second half we believed and we didn’t change our style of play, we just wanted to play attacking football and we got the two goals. The No.9’s who have been at Chelsea have been world-class strikers and it was a big task for me to take on but I was ready, I felt ready in myself and I’m wearing it and I’m proud to be the No.9.
2019 11 15 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham echoed Mount’s thoughts as he came off the bench to score his first international goal for England in the 7-0 rout] We had an incident today with Joe. We’re all England, players or fans, we need everyone to be together. At times like that we need fans to lift us up and help us, really. Going into tournaments like that, we need that. We said after the game that it was unacceptable. We don’t need that. He’s a great player. Things happen in football, things happen between team-mates. It’s just about dusting yourself off and moving on. As you can see, we’ve all moved on from the situation here. We’re thinking positive
2019 11 15b Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is dreaming of winning Euro 2020 after England’s 7-0 victory over Montenegro] I believe so [that we can win the Euros]. Bigger dreams, hopefully. Being at the Euros, winning it, top four or top two in the Premier League, just believing! The sky’s the limit. Hopefully, hopefully - I don’t want to jinx myself
It’s just about maintaining it, not just for the rest of the season but for many years, hopefully. I’ve always believed in myself to score goals. There’s still a lot in my game I need to develop but I can’t complain. It’s going well. There’s going to be a lot of praise, you just have to stay focused, ignore some bits and use some bits to lift my confidence. I’m just going into every game, believe in myself, block everything out and focus. That’s what you need as a player to get to the top level. To always believe, even in tough times
[Abraham insists it is a dream to train alongside a player of Kane’s quality as he battles him for starts in the Three Lions shirt] It’s always been a dream for me to be on the same pitch as him. Every day, I watch him, learn off him. To be on the same pitch with him, training with him every day, watching and learning off him, it’s always nice to have that type of player to learn from. It’s [great] for me to add to my game. You saw today, his great finishing - even in training, you can see his professionalism. He wants to be that best, to have someone like that to look up to is a dream
2019 11 27 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham says Chelsea’s Champions League duel with Valencia on Wednesday is their biggest game of the season so far] We know this is our biggest game of the season so far. Training hasn’t been different, we have all been enjoying it, we have been focused. We have to pick ourselves up after the Manchester City defeat and we know we have to give our best performance to win
Before Valencia, some of us were warming up together and it didn’t feel real. We were in the Championship before. The little details need to be there, and Wednesday is a massive game. Leave it all on the pitch. For many of us, [playing in the Champions League] is a dream come true. We don’t want to stop now. We have to keep pushing. You have to improve
2019 11 27b Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is hopeful that he won’t have to miss much time after an injury scare against Valencia] It’s much better, much better than when it happened. At the time I was fearful of the worst obviously, but I got in and was able to walk again, move about. I’m thankful, hopefully it’s not too long. I’ll have a scan tomorrow to see what the news is but hopefully it is just a bruise. It was a knee near my hip arena, hopefully it’s nothing too serious
2019 12 04 Retrieve
[Abraham, though, never had any doubts over his ability to thrive at Chelsea] I heard a lot of things about the cursed No.9 shirt at Chelsea but I was willing to take that upon myself and change it. It’s a dream come true for me and, in the next 15 years, I want to create a legacy so I can sit back when I retire and know I made myself proud as Chelsea’s No.9
2019 12 10 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham looking forward to more Champions League action in 2020] I’m very excited to be in the next round. We came into the match needing to win and thankfully we did. Now I can’t wait for the next round
It’s just about getting into the box. Luckily for me I was in the right place at the right time. For us it is about sticking with it. We started so well, sometimes we just need to kill off games and to do that we need to score more goals
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham insists that Chelsea are ready to pit their wits against ‘the best teams in the world’ after reaching the Champions League knockout stages] This is exciting, very exciting. We’re never ones to back down from a challenge. We want to play against the best teams in the world and play in the best stadiums in the world. No fear. We’re ready for anyone. I would love it if it is playing at the Nou Camp or somewhere I’ve never played before.
From our first game in the competition we realised how big it was. It’s a massive achievement for us to be through to the last 16. And it means the world to me; it’s a dream come true to have watched the Champions League as a young kid growing up and now to be playing in it myself. But now it’s also about knuckling down and focusing on the Premier League until the New Year
2019 12 22 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has praised his team-mate Antonio Rudiger for getting on with his match after he was allegedly racially abused by a Tottenham supporter in Chelsea’s 2-0 away win] No he hasn’t [spoken to me about it]. I was on the other side of the pitch when it happened but I was aware of what happened. It didn’t affect his performance. He is a strong character. It goes to show he is a fantastic player and he overcame it.
To be honest, I don’t know [how we end these incdients]. Everyone is doing as much as they can to make a stop to it but there’s going to be one or two people who are always going to remain the same. For us, it is about staying together. As you can see, the Spurs players as well came to comfort Toni. So it is nice for us to stay together and let football do the talking
2019 12 23 Retrieve
[The sheer domination enjoyed by Chelsea’s 3-4-3 formation] Yes, it does [change my game in 3-4-3]. I think there is a bit more running but nothing I can’t handle. We felt like today the formation was going to help us beat Spurs and it worked. It was about everyone knowing their roles and sticking together as a team, defending as a team and attacking as a team. Today, we only had a short amount of time to practise on this formation but we did it before against Wolves and we had confidence it would work
From the beginning of the game, he said he has always loved this rivalry between Chelsea and Tottenham. If he could, he would have stepped on that pitch today and play. He just wanted us to go out there and leave it all on the pitch and from minute one, that’s what we showed
2019 12 29 Retrieve
[Jorginho rejects red card claims after scoring equaliser at Arsenal] I give credit to the boys, I give credit to Jorginho. The first 30 minutes they dominated the ball, they were popping us in midfield, then this man (Jorginho) comes on and it was a whole different ball game. Him coming on lifted the whole team and the second half was a better performance
2020 01 12 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham delights with his side’s attacking efforts in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Burnley] We know our home form wasn’t too great and we had to make it right. Coming off the back of Arsenal and drawing at Brighton, we knew we had to give a performance, especially for our home crowd, working hard every training day up to this game. It paid off. As you could see, we enjoyed ourselves out there. We had to give a performance and that’s what we did. We worked in training at getting in the box, creating chances, different movements, and we did that in the game. Hopefully it continues
[Abraham says that tally could have improved further against Sean Dyche’s side] We wanted to score goals, everyone wanted to score - I should have had a hat-trick myself. On another day we score more goals in the game. That’s what we have to build on. This is one win, but we still have a lot of games to go.
We know the competition is high in the Premier League and we have to just keep doing that. To do that, we have to keep winning games and hopefully we’ll do that as much as possible
2020 01 13 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is ready to rival Manchester United star Marcus Rashford and in-form Southampton forward Danny Ings for the right to provide England cover for Harry Kane] Of course I look up to Harry Kane and I’m gutted he’s injured but hopefully he’ll be back for the Euros. There is an opportunity and that’s the world of football but there’s a load of competition as well. I look across the board and see Marcus Rashford, Danny Ings, a lot of strikers scoring goals.
Jamie Vardy is another talented striker, he has an eye for goal and he’s one of the players I’ve grown up loving. I’ve got to steal his ideas and make them my own but if he comes back [from international retirement], then he comes back. Hopefully, I’ll still be there either way. I’m always ambitious and it’s always at the back of my mind. Growing up, I always wanted to play for England and now I have the opportunity so I’ll try to grab it with two hands.
There’s probably more pressure being Chelsea’s number nine but I’m enjoying myself and I just have to keep doing that. It’s about staying focused on Chelsea, going out there every game and doing my best, getting the wins and then I can focus on the summer with England
[on Chelsea’s performance aside Burnley 3-0 at Stamford Bridge] We have to make the stadium rock. We’ve got tough games coming up but I’m always confident that we can go out and enjoy ourselves. A lot of people say the fans are quiet but they want to come and watch beautiful football. Recently in our home games, we haven’t been doing that but you could see against Burnley that we were playing beautiful and the fans were behind us
2020 02 02 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham reveals he WANTS Edinson Cavani to join Chelsea as he could ‘learn’ from veteran striker] The players we were talking about coming, like Cavani and other top class strikers, have been around in the game for many years. It would have been nice if he had come. He would have been someone I could have learned from and stolen his ideas to add to my own. It didn’t happen though and for me it gives me that extra push and desire to claim my position and be as best as I can. Playing for a club like Chelsea there is always going to be pressure. For me it is about being in the right place at the right time and believing in myself and my abilities as well. I am sure I will score a few more. I like the pressure and I play under pressure
2020 02 02b Retrieve
[Abraham wanted Cavani to join Chelsea so he could steal PSG striker’s secrets] The players we were talking about coming in, like Cavani and other top-class strikers, have been around the game for many years. It would have been nice if he had come. He would have been someone I can learn off and steal his ideas to add to my own. It didn’t happen though and, for me, it gives me that extra push and desire to claim my position and be the best I can. I think playing for a club like Chelsea, there is always going to be pressure. For me, it is about being in the right place at the right time and believing in myself and my abilities as well. I am sure I will score a few more. I like the pressure and I play under pressure. I can’t complain, it has been a great season so far. I would like to push on. I would like to push on in the Champions League. Also, there are still massive games coming up. I just have to be ready for them and take my opportunities
[Giroud was left out of the game at Leicester] He is like a big brother to me. His attitude to me has been great. In training, we are always doing finishing and we have a competition after training as well. It is nice to have that because I have grown up watching him because he is a fantastic striker. He has been encouraging many of the young lads. These things happen in football, sometimes you are at the top and sometimes you are not. It is about staying professional and as focused as you can to keep trying
It is good to be back involved and back on my feet and now we have a break to try and get better. My ankle is still painful but sometimes as players, you have to play through pain. For me it just about getting out there and helping the team.
The medicine started to wear off in the second half but I will take this break to recover. I am always eager to help the team as much as possible, even if I am not feeling 100% like today. Now it is the break and we have time to reflect about football for a week and come back all guns blazing.
I am definitely in favour of it [having the break]. I can’t wait. It is needed really after a long, hard first few months of the season. It is time to recover and get our bodies back to normal. It can [help England in the summer], it is our first time ever trying it and we are buzzing.
I need some sun and plan to put my feet up and relax in Dubai. We have had a lot of ups and downs. We started off well, we had a spell when we were losing a bit and now we are starting to pick up our form. This break will do us good because we have some massive games coming up. Mentally and physically, we all need this. It was getting to that point in the season where people start to get leggy and a few injuries come in. But with this break now we can take time off and recover our minds and bodies
2020 03 06 Retrieve
[When asked if he expects to be fit enough to figure for his country] Yes, definitely. I’m almost fit. There’s still a bit to do. I’ll get there soon. It’s a recurrence. [The problem was] playing on it and aggravating it even more. It is still like a swollen ball really but it is getting better day by day. The club wanted me to go to Barcelona. They just wanted different eyes, a different mindset on this situation. He told me what was wrong, exactly what the Chelsea physios said and he recommended some stuff for me to do. I’m doing physio right now. This time, I just said ‘I’ll just come back when I’m 100 per cent’ instead of coming back and going again
The March internationals could be [a great chance] if it did come into my hands. I am ready for it. I have to step up and do what I do best. I’ve spoken to Marcus. Harry Kane is someone I’ve always idolised. Hopefully he can be back because he is a player that England definitely need and Marcus as well. They are both great young talents. I’ve watched England on TV [at tournaments] and actually going to the Euros would be a dream come true. But first of all, it’s about knuckling down at Chelsea
2020 05 05 Retrieve
[How Chelsea built the best youth teams since the Busby Babes] My youth career just gave me confidence. Knowing I could score goals - it comes naturally. I just put it into every game I play, take chances and score goals. It helped give me that confidence I show now
2020 05 15 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham admits to having taken inspiration from Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan while watching ‘The Last Dance’ on Netflix] Watching this motivates me and there’s one thing that caught my mind. Michael Jordan lost a game and he made up things in his head about what someone said to him. That person didn’t actually say it but he used that to go into the next game and to drive him on to be the best. The incident did happen against Liverpool where I missed a penalty and received a lot of abuse and for me it’s just like Michael Jordan, it’s about coming out and proving them wrong. It’s about being at this club, being the main man, being the striker. My dad spoke to me at breakfast and he said, ‘I know you’ve watched Michael Jordan and you’re motivated to go back to football. When you’re ready go out there and do the best you can’. I miss football, just miss scoring goals, seeing the fans and being with my team-mates, having a smile on my face. If it’s safe to do so, I want to finish the job. If not, then go into the next season
I’ve stayed in good shape. I’m a young lad and I don’t feel I ever lose fitness. If there was a game tomorrow, I’d say I’m ready but I know a 90-minute game is different to going on the bike and doing 20 minutes or 30 minutes outside running. The tempo is different. You need a few sessions
[England international Abraham said of a difficult situation] Germany have planned it out well. The coronavirus has not been as big as it’s been in England. I feel they’re going the right way. As players, we’ve just got to be patient and wait for the clubs, the Premier League and the government to come to a decision about whether it’s safe for us to do so. We’ll take it on from there. If they bring back the Premier League then it’s clearly safe enough to do so. If they don’t then it’s clearly not
2020 05 20 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has expressed his concerns around returning to training during the pandemic due to his father Anthony having asthma] My dad has asthma, so if I was to return to the Premier League and, God forbid, I do catch this disease and bring it home, it’s the worst thing possible. The last thing I need is to catch the virus myself or be in contact with anyone with the virus
2020 05 29 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham is aware that he has big boots to fill as Chelsea’s No.9] When I was at Swansea, I had very few chances and if I didn’t take them I knew that was it. That’s my only chance and I didn’t take it. It was hard to take. That season I lost a lot of confidence, I was beating myself up a lot. It was my first Premier League experience and it was tough. We started off playing well and scoring goals but then it got to a stage where there was a lack of chances, we weren’t playing well, losing a lot of games. That was something I had to learn about really quick because it was so different from playing for the Chelsea youth teams
I know my abilities and what I’m capable of doing. The next season, my plan was to remain in the Premier League but it didn’t happen that way. Thankfully, I went to a good club like Aston Villa, I could build that confidence back and do my thing there.
In my head, I knew that if I didn’t score then it could be my last starting chance gone. When I scored, the emotions just got to me. I ran over to the manager and I was thinking ‘I’ve just scored my first goal for Chelsea!’. That’s when the confidence started to come back. I scored the winner in that game as well so from there the confidence came back gradually. The Chelsea fans started to believe in me and I could kick on. As a striker, you need to believe in yourself and have that confidence. Being Chelsea’s number nine, you’ve got big boots to fill so I need to believe that I’m the man, that I can score and do well for the team. You need that feeling going into every game
2020 06 13 Retrieve
[Tammy Abraham has revealed that Fikayo Tomori persuaded him to ‘stay on the pitch’ in order to grab his first hat-trick for Chelsea at the start of the season] It was one of those feelings where you score in two consecutive games so you’re not under pressure to score. In my head, I felt there was no pressure. Fikayo had already scored a banger, then my first chance came and I took it. Then there was another one and I scored again, so we were in a great position at half-time. I said to Fikayo, ‘I’m tired, man, I might just tell the manager to replace me’. Fik was like: ‘Stay on the pitch, try and get your hat-trick’ because it was the second game in a row I’d scored two goals. I came out for the second half and then I just remember I was one-on-one with Conor Coady and the confidence that I had inside me took the tiredness away, I did that skill to get away from him and scored. After the game me, Mason and Fikayo were all talking and realising that we’d all just scored for Chelsea in the Premier League, so it was crazy and amazing feelings that day.
2020 06 25 Retrieve
[Giroud’s revival & Werner’s arrival: Abraham faces fight to be Chelsea’s main man] That was one thing that stuck in my mind. Michael Jordan lost a game and he made up things in his head about what someone said to him. It’s about coming out and proving them wrong. It’s about being at this club, being the main man, being the striker