‘It drives me on’ – Abraham on Chelsea doubters

first_imgTammy 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.New manager Frank Lampard is investing plenty of faith in the 21-year-old this season and was rewarded with a well-taken brace. Fellow youngster Mason Mount bent in a fine finish of his own to help Chelsea to a 3-2 win, their first of the season.Abraham, who spent last season on loan with Aston Villa, was well aware of criticism of his performances but says it only drove him on to improve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “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,” he told the club’s official website .“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.”Abraham scored the first and last goals in a joyously entertaining game at Carrow Road. He first volleyed home a precise finish in the opening minutes before firing in from just outside the area to seal the win in the second half.A man known for his predatory instincts rather than an eye for the spectacular, Abraham was delighted to extend his repertoire but even more satisfied to have helped Chelsea to a much-needed win.“It was my first goal outside the box!” he added.“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.”Chelsea return to Stamford Bridge next weekend for another fixture against a promoted side, Sheffield United. Games with Wolves and Liverpool then follow after the international break. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘Pogba & experienced heads letting Man Utd down’

first_imgManchester United are being done few favours by the efforts of Paul Pogba, Ashley Young and so-called senior stars, says Paul Scholes.The Red Devils, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, are looking to favour a slightly different approach in 2019-20.Some seasoned performers have been moved on, with exciting youngsters either snapped up in the transfer market or promoted from a productive academy system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Their talents are supposed to be complemented and enhanced by experienced heads around them, but Scholes feels too many supposedly key men are letting the side down.He feels that point was further highlighted during United’s most recent outing against Southampton .Daniel James, who has impressed since moving to Old Trafford at just 21 years of age, fired the Red Devils in front against the Saints.Solskjaer’s side were, however, forced to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw, with Scholes left questioning some of the tactical calls made and the performances of those expected to lead.The United legend told Premier League Productions : “I am disappointed. It looked like from when the moment Juan Mata went off, actually. I was surprised because I thought if anybody is going to create something it’s Juan Mata.”But it wasn’t the young players I was disappointed with, it was more the experienced players. When Matic came on he constantly gave the ball away, Ashley Young gave the ball away, and I don’t know how many times Paul Pogba lost possession.”These are the people that young players are looking up to, the examples you’re looking at.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Manchester UnitedScholes has also suggested that the struggles being endured by United, which are nothing new, are likely to mean it is several years before the Red Devils are ready to compete with elite rivals once more .He added: “I think you almost have to write United off for the next two years – this team – until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cleared everything he wants out; has four or five transfer windows.”United are going to be behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.”I think this is United at the minute; you have to be patient with the young players but the experienced players have to step up.”We’ve seen over and over again how many mistakes experienced players are making. It’s difficult for young players to come into a team like that.”United, who have taken only five points from their opening four games this season, are set to return to action after the international break with a home date against Leicester on September 14. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more